Collaborating with Google.org to empower civil society
We believe that only through creating a unique partnership model between the private sector and civil society to support communities can we effectively challenge rising hate, extremism and polarisation in society.
After a decade of engaging with grassroots initiatives, we know that civil society organisations have the power to build hyper-local solutions. Our collaboration with Google.org has allowed us to help to strengthen civil society across the UK and now in Europe.
Google.org Impact Challenge on Safety 2019
Earlier in 2019, we launched a €10million European fund – Google.org’s Impact Challenge on Safety – to support NGOs and expert groups across Europe working on safety topics. The NGOs that applied came from a range of backgrounds and either focused on tackling hate and extremism in their communities or helping young people stay safe online. The applications for this fund are now closed.
Google.org and ISD Innovation Fund 2019
In 2017, we launched the Innovation Fund, a £1m fund open to UK organisations tackling hate and extremism in their local communities. Read the impact report to find out more and read the inspiring stories from our grantees!
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By funding new and existing community projects across Europe, we hope to support sustainable solutions to hate and extremism, and help communities and in particular young people to become confident digital citizens.
As part of the application process, our specialist team joined Google.org and Ashoka to hold workshops in seven major European cities.
Applications for this fund are now closed.
More than 230 UK-based organisations responded to our call for applications in late 2017 and early 2018, with projects valued at more than £15 million and with 22 original local and national initiatives funded across the country. Grants ranged from £8,000 to £100,000 for 6 month and 12 month project durations, all completed by 31 December 2018.
From educational programmes using virtual reality, to boxing workshops engaging youth in historically marginalised neighbourhoods, as well as campaigns for bystander responses to hate crimes, successful grantees demonstrated the breadth of expertise and innovation that has always existed within civil society. Google.org and ISD hope that this funding approach and the delivery mechanisms marks the beginning of greater civil society efforts – supported by governments, foundations, and the private sector.