Grow with Google $150k Ujima Project Challenge Grant 

Overview

In partnership with Google and Grow with Google (“GwG”), NDIA launched the Ujima Project: a $150k challenge grant to help NDIA Affiliates leverage GwG resources in support of Black communities. 

Through the Ujima Project, NDIA affiliates will design a project that creatively activates GwG tools to upskill Black jobseekers or students. Applicants must describe how they can put the GwG workshops and training into action to provide upskilling for Black communities. 

Ujima is a swahili word that translates to collective work and responsibility. It is the third principle of Kwanzaa which challenges communities to – build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems and solve them together”.

GwG is working with NDIA to help communities leverage free Google tools to build programs that directly address  issues and develop opportunities in Black communities. By assisting organizations to creatively “solve problems together”, Google, NDIA Affiliates, and communities collectively practice the principle of Ujima. 

The Ujima Project will request that organizations consider alternative or creative uses of the Grow with Google tools/workshops to offer training to help upskill Black communities. 

 Six grants of $25k each will be awarded.

Applications Requirements

Requirements to be considered for the GwG Challenge Grant include:

    • Applicants must be an NDIA affiliate and a registered GwG Partner.
    • Requests must include use of Grow with Google resources and specifically focus on supporting Black communities.
    • Applications must include use of GwG resources and focus on supporting a majority of Black communities.
    • Applicants must design a project that creatively activates GwG tools to upskill Black jobseekers or students. Applicants will describe how they can put the GwG workshops and training into action to provide upskilling for Black communities (e.g. focus on clients ages 16+, focus on young adults and adults preferred).
    • Projects/initiatives should be episodic or cohort based. One-time projects will not be considered.
    • Projects/initiatives serving at least 50 people over the course of the grant are preferred.
    • Applications that include alternative or creative uses of the GwG tools/workshops to offer training to help upskill Black communities are strongly encouraged.

Example of how GwG Challenge Grant can be used:

West House of North Carolina will partner to lead a series of Grow with Google digital skills workshops to help young adults that are aging out of foster care. The workshops will focus on building budgets and resume writing skills. Each participant will also receive a refurbished computer and a small stipend. 

Please note that NDIA may reach out to applicants for additional information during the application review process.
Applications should take approximately 90 minutes to complete and will be reviewed by an external review panel. Should you have additional question you may view the Ujima FAQ page, or reach out to Miles Miller (see email address at bottom of this webpage).

The application must be submitted online. The application deadline is January 14, 2021.

Key Dates

 

December 17, 2020 – January 14, 2021, 11:59pm ET Applications Accepted
Late January 2021 Applications Reviewed 
February 2021 Grantees Announced
March 2021 Kick-Off Session Held with Grantees
April 2021 – May 2021 Distribution of Grants and Grow with Google resource training 
April 1 – October 31, 2021 Implementation of Grantee Projects
October 2021 Check-in (virtual meeting) w/ updates on initiative
December 1,  2021 Final Report due for Grantee Projects

Ujima Project Information Webinar

Should you have any questions, please contact email [email protected]