Grow with Google aims to help everyone across America access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, businesses, and nonprofits. In this spirit, the Google.org Impact Challenge Minnesota is awarding $1,000,000 in grant funding to nonprofits creating economic opportunity in our cities and towns. Local nonprofits submitted innovative proposals and a panel of experts and the public helped us decide the five winners.
If you’re a local nonprofit and did not get a chance to submit an application, we invite you to join our Grow with Google Partner Program. By joining, you will have access to free resources that can help your organization teach people the digital skills they need to grow their careers and businesses.
Meet the winners
Our judges have selected the five winners. These five nonprofits are pursuing big ideas to create economic opportunity in Minnesota, and each will receive $175,000 in funding to jumpstart their ideas. Selected by the public, the People's Choice winner will receive an additional $125,000 in funding.
Genesys Works Twin Cities
Break the cycle of poverty in underserved communities while reducing disparities in STEM careers through long-term, programming that begins in high school and provides opportunities for college work experiences and ongoing support to achieve professional success
Hmong American Farmers Association
Launch a unique community-supported agriculture (CSA) box that will provide a weekly supply of fresh, locally grown, healthy food to low-income, food-insecure families in the Twin Cities metropolitan area
First Children’s Finance
Increase the supply of child care in rural Minnesota, using an economic development perspective to leverage local resources, investments and public-private partnerships to increase the number of child care slots available to families
Expand Tech Dump’s work readiness training program for adults with a history of incarceration and addiction, through the addition of a leadership institute to equip our trainees to be community leaders
Break boundaries to increase and accelerate opportunities for young people from communities of color to fearlessly succeed in creative careers
Meet the judges
Meet our panel of judges who helped review the submissions and select the winners.
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Askov Finlayson
Shawntera M. Hardy
Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Civic Eagle
Chair of the Board, The Marvin Companies
President of Basketball Operations, Minnesota Timberwolves
President, Northland Foundation
Senior Executive Leadership Fellow, Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Former President and Chief Executive Officer, The Minneapolis Foundation