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Google RISE Awards

We believe Google has an important role to play in equipping youth from all backgrounds with the skills to be creators, and not just consumers, of technology.

Google RISE Awards

Our global economy is shifting and computer science is becoming an essential skill that leads to economic and social mobility. It is a tool to solve problems and create solutions in ways we can’t even imagine today. Computer science can lead to rewarding, higher wage jobs and the creation of new companies.

And there is tremendous opportunity. By 2020, there will be 1 million new, unfulfilled computer-related jobs in the U.S. and over 800,000 in the EU alone. The story is similar in many countries around the world -- the supply of computer scientists is not keeping pace with demand.

Yet access to computer science education is not equitable.

Our own research shows significant gaps in access to computer science (CS) in formal education. Further:

What can we do to help reverse these trends?

The RISE program supports and connects not-for-profit organizations around the world to increase equity in CS education with a focus on girls, minorities who are historically underrepresented in the field, and youth from low-income communities.

Visit our Guidelines to learn more about what the RISE Awards offer and who is eligible to apply.

Check out our videos below to learn about the impact our RISE Award recipients are making around the world.

From New York to Nigeria, two organizations unite their efforts to inspire girls across Africa with Computer Science.

Reinventing Computer Science through online game design for students from diverse backgrounds.

Bringing Computer Science to life for girls across the UK through ballet.


  • RISE Awards include:

    • Capacity building: Access to a 12-month capacity building program that connects awardees with Google expertise
    • Financial support: Grants of $10,000-$25,000
    • Operational support: Customized to the needs of the organization, such as volunteers or pro bono consulting
    • A community of practice: Continued peer engagement through a community of practice connects awardees, alumni, and beyond so that communities around the world can learn from best practices and lessons learned
  • Priority is given to applicants that:

    1. Are small and mighty with the potential to scale through programmatic expansion or achieve broader reach by sharing information with other organizations
    2. Operate with clearly defined objectives, viable plans to achieve them, and a track record of success that the program can be executed as described
    3. Have deep roots in the community the program seeks to benefit, including partnerships or collaboration to continue engaging youth
    4. Implement a program that is connected to a compelling problem and there is evidence that the project is needed in the community
    5. Are data driven, and can provide evidence of quantifying impact or have a clear plan in place for measuring impact in the future
    6. Meet all funding priorities, including:
  • RISE does not fund:

    • Formal education activities in government schools as part of the regular curriculum
    • Initiatives without intention to scale (e.g., single site or classroom initiatives)
    • Activities to promote one religion, denomination, political party, or candidate
    • Local chapters of a national or global organization that are seeking to implement an already developed program in their chapter
    • Teacher professional development programs (please see CS4HS for funding PD programs)
    • Brand new initiatives that have not yet been implemented
    • One time activities or events
    • Fundraising events
    • Capital campaigns
    • Endowment funds
  • Questions?For additional questions regarding eligibility, visit our FAQ page.

  • Eligible countries:

    • Afghanistan
    • Åland Islands
    • Albania
    • Algeria
    • American Samoa
    • Andorra
    • Angola
    • Anguilla
    • Antarctica
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Argentina
    • Armenia
    • Aruba
    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Azerbaijan
    • Bahamas
    • Bahrain
    • Bangladesh
    • Barbados
    • Belarus
    • Belgium
    • Belize
    • Benin
    • Bermuda
    • Bhutan
    • Bolivia
    • Bonaire, Saba & Saint Eustatius
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Botswana
    • Bouvet Island
    • Brazil
    • British Indian Ocean Territory
    • British Virgin Islands
    • Brunei
    • Bulgaria
    • Burkina Faso
    • Burundi
    • Cambodia
    • Cameroon
    • Canada
    • Cape Verde
    • Cayman Islands
    • Central African Republic
    • Chad
    • Chile
    • China
    • Christmas Island
    • Cocos [Keeling] Island
    • Colombia
    • Congo, Democratic Republic of
    • Congo, Republic of
    • Comoros
    • Cook Islands
    • Costa Rica
    • Côte d'Ivoire
    • Croatia
    • Curaçao
    • Cyprus
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • Djibouti
    • Dominica
    • Dominican Republic
    • Ecuador
    • Egypt
    • El Salvador
    • Equatorial Guinea
    • Eritrea
    • Estonia
    • Ethiopia
    • Falkland Islands [Islas Malvinas]
    • Faroe Islands
    • Fiji
    • Finland
    • France
    • French Guiana
    • French Polynesia
    • French Southern Territories
    • Gabon
    • Gambia
    • Georgia
    • Germany
    • Ghana
    • Gibraltar
    • Greece
    • Greenland
    • Grenada
    • Guadeloupe
    • Guam
    • Guatemala
    • Guernsey
    • Guinea
    • Guinea-Bissau
    • Guyana
    • Haiti
    • Heard Island and McDonald Islands
    • Honduras
    • Hong Kong
    • Hungary
    • Iceland
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Iraq
    • Ireland
    • Isle of Man
    • Israel
    • Italy
    • Jamaica
    • Japan
    • Jersey
    • Jordan
    • Kazakhstan
    • Kenya
    • Kiribati
    • Kuwait
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Laos
    • Latvia
    • Lebanon
    • Lesotho
    • Liberia
    • Libya
    • Liechtenstein
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Macau
    • Macedonia, Republic of
    • Madagascar
    • Malawi
    • Malaysia
    • Maldives
    • Mali
    • Malta
    • Marshall Islands
    • Martinique
    • Mauritania
    • Mauritius
    • Mayotte
    • Mexico
    • Micronesia
    • Moldova
    • Monaco
    • Mongolia
    • Montenegro
    • Montserrat
    • Morocco
    • Mozambique
    • Myanmar
    • Namibia
    • Nauru
    • Nepal
    • Netherlands
    • New Caledonia
    • New Zealand
    • Nicaragua
    • Niger
    • Nigeria
    • Niue
    • Norfolk Island
    • Northern Mariana Islands
    • Norway
    • Oman
    • Pakistan
    • Palau
    • Palestinian Territories
    • Panama
    • Papua New Guinea
    • Paraguay
    • Peru
    • Philippines
    • Pitcairn Islands
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Puerto Rico
    • Qatar
    • Réunion
    • Romania
    • Russia
    • Rwanda
    • Saint Barthélemy
    • Saint Helena
    • Saint Kitts and Nevis
    • Saint Lucia
    • Saint Martin
    • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
    • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Samoa
    • San Marino
    • São Tomé and Príncipe
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Senegal
    • Serbia
    • Seychelles
    • Sierra Leone
    • Singapore
    • Sint Maarten
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    • Solomon Islands
    • Somalia
    • South Africa
    • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
    • South Korea
    • Spain
    • Sri Lanka
    • Suriname
    • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
    • Swaziland
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • Taiwan
    • Tajikistan
    • Tanzania
    • Thailand
    • Timor-Leste
    • Togo
    • Tokelau
    • Tonga
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Tunisia
    • Turkey
    • Turkmenistan
    • Turks and Caicos Islands
    • Tuvalu
    • U.S. Minor Outlying Islands
    • U.S. Virgin Islands
    • Uganda
    • Ukraine
    • United Arab Emirates
    • United Kingdom
    • United States
    • Uruguay
    • Uzbekistan
    • Vanuatu
    • Vatican City
    • Venezuela
    • Vietnam
    • Wallis and Futuna
    • Western Sahara
    • Yemen
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe


How to apply

The Google RISE program is not currently accepting applications. Please check back in spring 2017 for more information on the next application cycle.

About the application process

All applications go through the following steps each application cycle:

  • Application submitted
  • Application received
  • Every application reviewed by multiple reviewers made up of education, computer science, and regional experts within Google
  • Scores submitted to program team
  • Top applications reviewed by program team
  • Top applications reviewed by core program committee
  • Due diligence conducted on finalists
  • Applicants notified of acceptance or decline approximately 8 weeks from the application deadline
  • Award winners announced publicly

Scoring criteria

All submitted applications will be reviewed and scored according to categories that are directly aligned with the guidelines we have outlined on our website. Successful RISE applications typically excel in every single category.

Due to the large volume of applications we receive each year, we are regretfully unable to respond to individual requests for feedback.

RISE Recipients

2016 Award Recipients

  • North America

    • CodeVA | Richmond, VA - USA

      Eureka Coders is an out-of-school enrichment program that provides important support in emerging communities to bolster classroom computer science instruction, with a focus on developing a model to more efficiently and economically export these enrichment programs to community partners across the state.

    • Digital Harbor Foundation | Baltimore, MD - USA

      DHF´s Computer Science Pathway provides youth in grades 3-12 with CS learning opportunities in a continuous, accessible pathway that develops skills, responds to youth interests, and builds confidence toward future careers in creative technologies.

    • Inspire Tech | Davis, CA - USA

      InspireGirls provides workshops for underserved girls in Yolo County with hours of hands-on instructions, and an opportunity to interact with a role model and learn about careers in the high-tech field.

    • JOURNi | Detroit, MI - USA

      The Code After School program will incrementally introduce technology concepts, principles of computer science, programming languages, development tools and processes used by software engineers. The program provides students with an opportunity to learn introductory programming skills in an environment which fosters creativity and a willingness to learn while pushing the limits.

    • LEAP | New Haven, CT - USA

      LEAP’s “Learning to Code” program aims to introduce low-income, minority students to computer science and coding and empower them to pursue STEM fields in high school, college, and beyond.

    • Learn to Discover | La Selva Beach, CA - USA

      Through Learn to Discover, students are introduced to near-peer mentors and the world of virtual reality in order to create their very own virtual reality app/experience.

    • Real IMPACT Center | Macon, GA - USA

      Real Girls Code Club is designed to increase the number of girls ages 8 to 14 exposed to computer science and technology through expanding its weekend code club to an afterschool program.

    • Silicon Valley Children’s Fund | San Jose, CA - USA

      Silicon Valley Children’s Fund STEM Internship Program, which serves an increasing number of youth each year, provides high school foster youth a career exploration opportunity through STEM classes coupled with work-readiness training in preparation for a paid summer internship at a tech company.

    • Tech Kids Unlimited | New York, NY - USA

      T3 is a digital agency, where teens with ASD learn computational thinking, expand their creativity, and obtain work experience working on websites and apps for real clients.

    • The EdVenture Group | Morgantown, WV - USA

      Gamer Girls is an innovative summer camp providing West Virginia middle school girls coding, game design, and augmented/virtual reality experiences in partnership with Monongalia County Schools Summer Snowflakes program and West Virginia University’s Game Developers Club.

    • The Knowledge House | Bronx, NY - USA

      The Knowledge House is bridging the digital divide between low income communities of color in NYC and the tech industry through an after school program designed to introduce high school students to basic coding skills and career exploration in technology resulting in full time employment in the technology ecosystem.

    • Kids Code Jeunesse | Montreal, QC - Canada

      Code, Create & Play workshops are designed to allow children to develop and explore their creativity through code.

  • South America

    • Chicas en Tecnología | Buenos Aires - Argentina

      Programming A Better World is a 4-day program in which teenagers between 13 and 16 work together with mentors identifying and developing an application to solve social problems.

    • MedialabUIO | Quito - Ecuador

      The MediaLab is a space for innovation, technology creation and experimentation. In collaboration with communities and students, the program will develop games based on stories of indigenous ancestral oral traditions of Ecuador.

  • Europe & Middle East

    • Adfaber | Bucharest - Romania

      The Kids in Tech (KIT) program aims to launch a free coding & computer science clubs in every school in Romania.

    • A.O Educat-Tekedu | Ghidighici - Moldova

      The Girls Go IT program in Moldova aims to build the next generation of girls to acquire digital and IT skills by teaching them project based approach in developing tech solutions that both have social impact and skills development.

    • Bytes | Belfast - Northern Ireland

      Working alongside community groups, government services, schools, and colleges, Mega Bytes Girls Clubs use creative ICT to engage youth, and provide training and mentorship.

    • Ideodromio Science & Space Cafe | Nicosia - Cyprus

      Joint computer science workshops bring together students from both Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities to learn together basic principles of computer science.

    • InterMedi@KT | Patras - Greece

      Interactive Media Knowledge Transfer provides scratch programming, game development, & Arduino activities free to students in Greece, including refugee youth.

    • Museo dei Bambini di Roma | Rome - Italy

      The Coding 4 All program empowers girls and low-income communities through out-of-school camps held at a children’s museum, where the basics of coding are taught in an innovative and informal way.

    • Re:Coded |Iraq

      Training the brightest female refugees in Iraq to be world class developers through a 12-month, low-cost, blended learning approach to programming in one of the largest refugee camps in the country.

    • Stichting NewTechKids | Amsterdam - The Netherlands

      The 21st Century Skills Clubs teach computer science to kids ages 7-12 in predominantly low-income and immigrant communities of Southeast Amsterdam.

    • Tech Lounge | Bucharest - Romania

      Tech Lounge is a flagship organization in Romania focused on informal learning experiences. The 3-day workshops on Internet of Things for K4 to K-12 girls centers on hands-on interaction with technology and close, constant mentorship.

  • Africa

    • Dream Factory Foundation | Cape Town - South Africa

      The #BeTheDream Coding Academy empowers youth with advanced coding, entrepreneurship and creative problem solving skills in order to equip them with the ability to code and start a business, with the intention that they can take this skill with them into any field they choose to pursue.

    • The Visiola Foundation | Abuja - Nigeria

      The Coding Boot Camp for Girls is an intensive five-week training program that will provide participants with a strong foundation upon which to build their careers as computer programmers and tech entrepreneurs.

  • Asia

    • 21C | Singapore

      Code in the Community is a multi-year, multi-level computer science education program implemented in partnership with community centers throughout Singapore.

    • Shilpa Sayura Foundation | Pilimatalawa - Sri Lanka

      By creating local language programming resources, the AlgoHACK program provides youth with inspiration, knowledge, skills and leadership development to face emerging socio-economic and environmental challenges to increase their participation in sustainable development and unleash their full potential for 21st century

    • Slum & Rural Innovation Project | Mumbai - India

      Slum & Rural Innovation Project is a storytelling, computer science learning, digital literacy and mobile application entrepreneurship initiative for slum and rural community to build leadership and tech skills in youngsters and women to become Change Makers of their community.

    • The Women’s Foundation | Hong Kong

      Girls Go Tech empowers female secondary students from underprivileged schools by providing them with foundational skills in coding and technology that will lead to positive attitude shifts around technology related subjects.

Past RISE Partners

Spring 2016 Award Recipients

North America

South America


Middle East



2015 Award Recipients

North America

South America


Middle East

Sub-Saharan Africa

RISE Partnership Award Recipients

2014 North America Award Recipients

2014 Latin America Award Recipients

2014 Europe Award Recipients

2014 Middle East Award Recipients

2014 Sub-Saharan Africa Award Recipients

2014 Asia Pacific Award Recipients

2014 RISE Partnership Award Recipients

2013 North America Award Recipients

2013 Latin America Award Recipients

2013 Europe Award Recipients

2013 Middle East Award Recipients

2013 Africa Award Recipients

2013 Asia Pacific Award Recipients

2012 North America Award Recipients

2012 Europe Award Recipients

2012 Sub-Saharan Africa Award Recipients

2011 North America Award Recipients

2011 Europe Award Recipients

2010 North America Award Recipients

  • Artemis Project | Brown University | Providence, RI
  • BigShot | Columbia University Program | New York, NY
  • Bootstrap Program | Brown University | Providence, RI
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula Program | Menlo Park, CA
  • Building an Engineer Day, SWE | California Polytechnic State University | San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Build IT | Girls Incorporated of Alameda County 1| San Leandro, CA
  • Can Wigmunke, the Rainbow Tree Program |
  • Center for Youth Success | ETR Associates |
  • Citizen Schools of New York Program | New York, NY
  • Click! Program | Carnegie Science Center | Pittsburgh, PA
  • Computer Science Diversity Committee | University of Virginia |
  • Computing in Middle School (CIMS) Program | Harvey Mudd College | Claremont, CA
  • CS Program | University of California Berkeley | Berkeley, CA
  • Expanding Your Horizons Program | Oakland, CA
  • First Bytes Camp | University of Texas at Austin | Austin, TX
  • Future Meets Present Engineering Conference | SHPE - University of Washington | Seattle, WA
  • GamesByTeens Program | Muskingum University | New Concord, OH
  • Girls Achieving in Non-traditional Subjects Program | Santa Clara, CA
  • Gunn High School Robotics Team | Palo Alto, CA
  • Highland Tech High Robotics Team 1548 | Anchorage, AK
  • IMAGINATION ´10 Program | Virginia Tech | Blacksburg, VA
  • Imagine That! Program | Techbridge |
  • ITEC Pathways Project | Information Technology Empowerment Center | Lansing, MI
  • Los Ingenieros Program | MESA | Santa Barbara, CA
  • MESA Schools Program | Tower Foundation of San Jose State University | San Jose, CA
  • Women´s Technology Program | Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Cambridge, MA
  • NSBE Academic Success Program |
  • Women In Computing Program | New York University | New York, NY
  • Pioneers in Engineering (PiE) Program | Berkeley, CA
  • Project GUTS | Adventures in Supercomputing Challenge at Santa Fe Institute | Santa Fe, NM
  • St. Vrain MESA Program | Colorado MESA | Longmont, CO
  • STEM Program | Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Cambridge, MA
  • Technology Leadership Initiative | University of Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh, PA
  • TechREACH Program | Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology | Bothell, WA
  • TechStart Program, Technology Access Foundation | Seattle, WA
  • WISE Program, University of Michigan | Ann Arbor, MI
  • Women in Computer Science Career Day | Purdue University | West Lafayette, IN
  • Women in CS Program | Arizona State University | Tempe, AZ
  • Women in Science and Engineering Program | University of Illinois at Chicago | Chicago, IL
  • WOW! That´s Engineering Program | Santa Clara Valley SWE | Sunnyvale, CA



Q: Are general STEM programs or other youth development programs eligible to apply?

A: The focus of the RISE Awards program is to support computer science (CS) initiatives. For reference, the Computer Science Teachers Association´s definition of computer science is: the study of computers and algorithmic processes, including their principles, their hardware and software designs, their applications, and their impact on society. Examples include programming, coding, and computational thinking. We do not fund web literacy programs, IT troubleshooting, or computer literacy programs such as software training.

Q: Are other programs with an explicit computer science component to be eligible? For example, a math program which produces a lot of very avid computer scientists?

A: While our focus is on Computer Science, one goal of the Google RISE awards is to promote interest and excitement in CS fields. If your organization has added a CS component to your program, you are eligible to apply.

Q: Can I talk to someone on the RISE team about my application?

A: In order to make the RISE Awards fair and impartial, it is our policy not to consult on individual applications. We want to highlight the best organizations around the world based on the merits of their programs, and not advantage organizations that are able to contact us.

Q: I have a contact at Google. Will a referral give me an advantage in the application process?

A: No. Applications are reviewed by multiple people who must certify that they have no prior contact with the organization, and the scoring rubric does not include any referral advantage. We do appreciate knowing the connection so that we can keep your contact updated, so please tell them to contact us.

Q: Are RISE applicants required to have registered charity (e.g., 501c3) status? Are there other formal requirements like being an established organization listed somewhere?

A: In the U.S., you must have 501c3 status or have a 501c3 fiscal sponsor to apply for RISE. Outside of the U.S., RISE applicants do not need to have 501c3 status but do need to be registered as a charitable not-for-profit organization.

Q: Can university student organizations apply for funding?

A: Yes, however you must have a computer science faculty or staff adviser participate in the application process and included as a contact if you have not had extensive involvement in CS/STEM outreach programs. Please include contact information in your written proposal. The program being run must be aimed at K-12/Primary or Secondary School students aged 5-18.

Q: Does receiving an award one year guarantee funding for the following year?

A: No. But applicants and selected partners are welcome to apply annually for a RISE Award as long as they have completed the current grant project. The RISE Awards is not an ongoing grant program and we typically do not fund organizations for more than two years.

Q: Is an academic institution allowed to submit more than one application at a time for a Google RISE grant?

A: Yes. If you have multiple organizations within the academic institution, they can apply separately for the award should their strategies and goals vary. Individual organizations, however, are not allowed to submit multiple applications in one application cycle.

Q: Is the program limited to applicants from the United States?

A: No, the program is open to most countries around the globe. For a full list of eligible countries, please see our eligibility criteria here.

Q: We have a CS outreach program at our elementary/middle/high school. Do we qualify for the Google RISE Awards?

A: Outreach programs/extracurricular activities targeting elementary/middle/high school students are eligible for funding if they have a reach wider than just one or two schools. Keep in mind that we do not fund courses or programs that are eligible for college credit.


Q: Can I receive feedback on my application?

A: Unfortunately, the RISE team is unable to provide feedback on individual applications. The review process is rigorous and we receive a lot of quality applications each year. In some cases we refer organizations to other funding sources within Google for applications that are exceptional but not a perfect fit for the RISE program. In the end, however, it comes down to us only being able to offer a limited number of grants.

Q: When will you announce winners?

A: We will announce the RISE Award recipients within 8 weeks of the close of the application. All applicants will be contacted regarding an acceptance or decline prior to the public announcement.

Q: If I am provided a RISE Award, will I be required to provide reports?

A: Yes. Organizations receiving a RISE Award are asked to complete a mid-year and final report on the progress of their organization during the course of 12 months from the start of the grant year, including the number of students benefitted.

Q: Is it mandatory for recipients to account for monies spent after being awarded funding?

A: Yes, it is mandatory for recipients to provide a written account for monies spent and impact had throughout the year.

Q: I submitted my application but would like to withdraw it, can I have it deleted?

A: Yes. Email and we will delete your application.

Q: How many applications were received last year? And how many organizations were funded in prior years?

A: The RISE Awards is a very competitive grant program and we receive a large number of applications each year. While we do not publish the number of applications received annually, information on past RISE Awards recipients can be found on the Award Recipients tab on this site.