Logo for grant opportunities for Cave Junction, southwest OregonThis is a grant opportunity for nonprofits and schools to provide educational programs on computer science. The grant includes technical assistance to help teach basic programming skills for development of computer applications and other skills that open the door into the rapidly growing fields of technology and computer science.

One of the best places to find information about the type of programs funded by RISE grants is to look at the list of grant recipients. You may be surprised to find that Google RISE grants are awarded all around the world and if you spend a few minutes looking, you will find many examples of how different communities on different continents have used this grant to benefit their local youth.

Google emphasizes support for community programs that reach K-12 students and pre-university students (I think this means RCC students can participate), with an emphasis on girls and minorities who have historically been underrepresented in the field of computer science.

In addition to the cash award, grantees receive access to a global network of computer science partners including participation in the Google+ online community and opportunities to connect with other RISE award winners from around the world. They also provide learning resources from Google experts and volunteers who help you learn about technical tools and organizational development of your educational program during the 12 months that the grant is active.

Google wants RISE projects to have a regional reach and I think a good case could be made that Illinois Valley fits that definition. However, they do want to see the program expand and they allow this to be done through computer connectivity. The obvious region where a RISE program in Illinois Valley might expand can be found if you look at the list of grant recipients. The map shows that there are no RISE programs in the southern Oregon and northern California region, a region also known as the State of Jefferson.

Keep in mind that Google has two RISE program grant application cycles each year so if you miss this one, start now to be ready to apply when applications open this next summer.

Application deadline: February 19, 2016

Grant size: $10,000 – $25,000

More info: See Google RISE application guidelines

Requirements: RISE Award recipients are expected to keep Google updated on progress by submitting midyear and end of year reports. They also ask that you communicate ideas and expertise with others who are in the global RISE community.

Don’t have nonprofit status? Find a sponsor who does

If you do not belong to a nonpofit, keep in mind that Google allows you to find a nonpofit with 501c3 status who will be your fiscal sponsor. The best way to do this is ask.

Did you know….

A Community Strategic Plan  makes our community more competitive for grants. Be certain to get your ideas and concerns into the plan that is now being developed. You can start by taking the survey below and groups that are interested in computer science, engineering, and technology are encouraged to request a special meeting with facilitators to discuss issues and ideas you want to see get into the plan.

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