Google Earth Outreach Developer Grants 2013

The application period for the 2013 Developers Grants is now closed. Please stay tuned for future opportunities!

Google Earth Outreach is offering Developer Grants to nonprofit organizations who are looking for funding for a map project. The grants will support the development of selected projects from eligible nonprofit organizations that are using Google’s mapping technologies in novel, cutting-edge ways to make the world a better place. The average range of grants given will be between $10,000 and $20,000, but funding requests may be above or below this average.

We encourage nonprofits who are new to Google's mapping tools to learn more at Explore Tools, especially our newest addition to the product suite, Google Maps Engine. Read how WWF & Eyes on the Forest used Google Maps Engine.

These grants will be issued through an open application process - public charitable organizations with a compelling idea about how maps can help them be more effective, and that meet our eligibility criteria, may apply. From the pool of applicants, a handful will be selected as finalists, and asked to submit more detail about their project, as well as show proof that they have selected a developer in the form of a Statement of Work (SOW). The SOW defines the work activities, deliverables, timeline, and pricing agreed upon between the developer and the nonprofit organization. The developer may be in-house or we can point you to resources to find developers if needed. These project details and Statements of Work will be used to choose the final organizations who will receive funding. The funding will be issued through grant recommendations from the Google Earth Outreach Fund at the Tides Foundation.

To find recommended developers that have published mapping projects for public benefit causes (including some of the same developers who helped make the below projects possible), check out our Developer Marketplace.

Google Earth Outreach Developer Grant Goals

Over the past several years, amazing maps have been created from the public benefit sector in key areas, including environmental conservation, human rights, public health, and more! We hope the Google Earth Outreach Developer Grants will spur the development of some more stellar examples of how Google mapping technologies can help non-profits in their work. There are many great examples at the Google Earth Outreach Showcase, and take a look at the projects that were awarded 2012 and 2011 Developer Grants.

How to Apply: read the fineprint! (it's not your usual yada-yada)

  1. Ensure that your organization is eligible by checking our Eligibility Criteria.
  2. Submit an Application for a Google Earth Outreach Developer Grant by Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 7:00pm Pacific time.
  3. We hope to respond to all applications by May 17, 2013. If your proposal is selected to be a finalist, you will be asked to submit more detail about your project in the form of a Statement of Work (SOW). The SOW should show proof that you have an in-house developer or have selected a developer. The SOW also defines the work activities, deliverables, timeline, and pricing agreed upon between the developer and the nonprofit organization. We can point you to resources to find developers if you need assistance. We will also ask for project mocks and agreement on the measurable outcomes of your project. The SOW is due on May 20, 2013. SOWs which are selected for funding will be notified by June 3, 2013.
  4. Projects should be completed within 4 to 6 months of the grant award date.

Requirements for Projects

  1. The funding must be earmarked for in-house or third-party developers for the building of the specified map project.
  2. Application must clearly state how the project plans to use maps. All data must already be collected; funding will not contribute to any data gathering (with the exception of crowdsourced maps). The application must state all technologies that you plan to use for project (Open Source, Google or other).
  3. We encourage applicants to consider using Google's mapping technologies as part of the Developer Grant, but will not be disqualified if they use other technologies.
  4. The map must be hosted online and free for all to access and use, unless there’s a compelling reason (e.g. sensitive data) that prevents distribution of the map.
  5. The application must cite objectives and goals in the form of measurable metrics of a successful outcome (e.g number of pageviews on the map, number of YouTube video views if applicable, number of people served, etc.)
  6. After grant funds are awarded, we’ll review progress in 1 month and expect grant recipients to complete their map within 4-6 months.
  7. You must submit your application online by April 21, 2013. We will close applications by 7:00 PM PDT on April 21, 2013.
  8. All grants are subject to a favorable due diligence review by Tides Foundation and compliance with all terms of the grant award letter, including compliance with all applicable laws.
  9. If your grant project is selected, Google Earth Outreach will make a grant recommendation to the Tides Foundation. Any grant funds awarded will be paid according to the provisions of the Tides Foundation award letter. Payment will be made in two installments; 50% with the grant award letter, and 50% upon completion of the project.
  10. In your final report, we ask that you share metrics agreed upon in the application that show the impact of the map project.

We encourage all awardees of the Google Earth Outreach Developer Grants program to publicize their map project by uploading the map to the Google Earth Outreach Showcase. Upon completion of the project, we may contact grant finalists about publicizing their project via a blog post on the Google for Nonprofits blog and/or the Google LatLong blog.

Submit your application.