2018-10-12 / Business

Google.org awards $250,000

Contributed by NPS

On October 3, Grow with Google announced $250,000 in grants to four local nonprofits as part of the Google.org Impact Challenge Columbia. Epworth Children’s Home, Midlands Technical College Foundation, Richland Library, and Riverbanks Foundation will each receive a $50,000 grant and training from Google to support economic opportunity in the community.

“Google is thrilled to support these amazing organizations, each of which is doing important work to advance economic opportunity,” said Tia Bethea of Grow with Google. “We’re excited by the big ideas they put forward and are eager to see which idea receives the most votes from the people of Columbia.”

The community was also invited to vote on which of these four nonprofits will receive an additional $50,000 grant.

The four organizations were selected by Google and a panel of local advisors including Judi Gatson,

WIS News anchor; Lou Kennedy, Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp. CEO; Madeleine McGee, Together SC president; Harris Pastides, University of South Carolina president.

The grants provided by Google will be used by the local nonprofits in the following ways:

Epworth Children’s Home is to provide foster youth with business experience at its Epworth Ice Cream Company.

Midlands Technical College Foundation is to “prioritize academics and career training” (PACT) for young adults in foster care.

Richland Library is to level the playing field for entrepreneurs to accelerate economic growth. The Richland Library designed its Entrepreneurial Launch Pad to retain and support dreamers, doers, and makers in our community.

Riverbanks Foundation is to train and employ youth to create a talent pipeline for Midlands businesses. The Midlands Youth Apprenticeship program is a partnership between the Columbia Chamber and Midlands Tech.

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