Google Earth Offers Beneficial Mapping Grants

Google has opened up a competitive grant program for non-profits who want to utilize Google Earth’s technology. The online giant says that it is looking to support projects that use the company’s mapping features in ways that will make the world a better place.

The average grants will be between $10,000 to $20,000, although Google says organizations can request funding above or below the stated range. We recently reported on one project, Save the Redwoods, that the company says is a good example of how their mapping technology can be used to benefit the public.

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Interested parties have until May 26th to submit their proposals, and within one month Google will pick a select number of finalists who will have to prove that they’ve selected a developer and agreed on a contract price for their specific progam. In order to be eligible projects must already have data collected, incorporate Google Map APIs, and ensure the final product be free to use online.

Grant payments will be distributed in two installments, half upon being chosen as a winner, and the other half once the project is completed. The company expects competing projects to be completed within approximately four months; other guidelines for submission are stated on the outreach website.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

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