In its new fundraising effort, Google’s philanthropic arm is to donate €1m to Irish charities to help them deal with the fallout from Covid-19. Google.org will split the money, with half going immediately to organisations like FoodCloud, ALONE, A Lust for Life and the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre who are directly dealing with specific aspects of the crisis.
Head of Google in Ireland, Nick Leeder said, “In times of crisis Google’s key focus is providing people with timely and accurate information and the tools they need to stay connected. We also want to ensure that the vital services provided by many Irish NGOs can continue during a time when they are needed more than ever, which is why we are providing these Google.org grants.”
CEO of the DRCC, Noeline Blackwell, “People in abusive environments are particularly vulnerable in times of crisis, and the impacts of COVID-19 will exacerbate already dangerous and volatile situations. We are working tirelessly to continue to support those who are vulnerable, but unfortunately like many other NGOs and charities, we are experiencing the repercussions of this outbreak. The Google.org grant will help us continue to provide vital support to victims and those who are vulnerable.”
The first part of the grant will launch immediately, while Google will work with trade groups, civil society and small businesses to identify where to best direct the second phase of funding.
Community groups in Ringsend/Pearse St, close to Google’s Barrow street international headquarters, as well as in Clondalkin and Tallaght, near to its data centre, will also benefit. The second half of the money will be given at a later date to Irish NGOs who are focused on supporting job seekers and SMEs across Ireland.