Jack Quann
Jack Quann

12.55 27 Apr 2020


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Technology giant Google is to give €1m in grants to Irish NGOs, to help deal with the impact and repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is to be done through its philanthropic arm, Google.org.

The grants will be split across two parts, the first of which will fund NGOs whose work is addressing specific aspects of the crisis.

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This includes organisations such as FoodCloud, Alone, A Lust for Life and the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC).

The second phase will see the firm provide support to Irish NGOs who are focused on supporting job seekers and SMEs across Ireland.

Nick Leeder, head of Google in Ireland, said: "Since Government public health measures were introduced, Google has been working to adapt our services to better support Irish communities and businesses.

"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".

Noeline Blackwell is CEO of the DRCC, one of the grantees to receive funding.

She said: "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.

NGOs that have received funding from this part of the grant are: FoodCloud, Alone Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, A Lust for Life, Ringsend Community Services Forum and South Dublin Community Partnership.


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