Local centres in running for major grant

by Padraig Conlon

Two local education centres are in the running for a substantial grant and maybe you can help.

On Monday Google named the fifteen beneficiaries of its €1 million Google.org Impact Challenge Dublin, with each receiving €50,000 in grants to bring their ideas to life.

Two of those beneficiaries are based in Jobstown, Tallaght; An Cosán Virtual Community College and Citywise Education.

Launched last November, the Google.org Impact Challenge Dublin invited nonprofits, social enterprises, and educators throughout Dublin to submit proposals for bold ideas to grow economic and social opportunities in their local communities.

Of the fifteen recipients announced this week, five are in line to receive an additional €50,000 of funding, bringing their total grants to €100,000 each.

Four of these will be selected by Google’s panel of judges, with the fifth open to a public vote.

Announcing the launch of the public vote, Fionnuala Meehan, Head of Google Ireland said: “We were blown away by the quantity and quality of the entries received.

“Over our 15 years here in Ireland we’ve supported many local projects but this is our biggest drive yet to support the community initiatives in the city we call home.”

The public has been given the opportunity to double the funding of one of the winners by way of a “People’s Choice Award”, with voting now open at http://g.co/dublinchallenge for one week only (closes 26th March).

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