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.