Today, Google announced their Impact Iowa Challenge with hopes, they say, of creating economic opportunity across the state. They are pledging to give $1 million to non profits across Iowa.
Five $175,000 grants will be issued to non profits in Iowa who submit their proposals for "their most innovative ideas to grow economic opportunity in their community." Along with a panel of local judges, five non profits will be selected and one lucky winner will get an additional $125,000 as part of a public vote.
Iowa politicians are excited about Google's grants in Iowa and what it might mean for future job seekers.
“With the lowest unemployment rate in the country, innovative programs like the Impact Challenge are critical for preparing Iowans with new skills for cutting-edge careers in the high-demand 21st century economy,” said Governor Kim Reynolds. “This program creates economic opportunities for Iowa families and their communities which can help us sustain strong growth for years to come.”
Celebrating 10 years at it's data center in Council Bluffs, Google has a history of donating to the state. Over the years they claim to have donated more than $1.1 million to schools and non profits across Iowa.