Every year, Google aims to help promote the access to computer science education for girls and underrepresented minorities through its RISE Awards, offering much-needed grants to education organisations across the globe.

Google is now accepting entries for the recipients of 2015 RISE Awards grants.

The Google RISE Awards gives grants from $15,000 (around R150 000) to $50,000 (around R500 000) to organisations that promote computer science education and run initiatives that reach girls under the age of 18 facing socio-economic barriers.

In 2014, 42 organisations from 19 countries – including Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda – received RISE Awards with projects ranging from ICT training in underserved communities in Accra, to STEM community outreach programs for girls in Uganda.

Apart from the financial grant, beneficiaries receive access to a global network of CS partners, an invitation to the annual RISE Global Summit, participation in the Google+ online community and consultancy with Google experts and volunteers where they’ll learn about technical tools and organisational development over the course of 12 months.

South Africa is featured on the list of eligible countries, so if your organisation fits the criteria, you can apply for the RISE Awards on the Google for Education website.

Applications close on the 3oth September 2014. Recipients will be notified of their grant award in December 2014.

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