Google Grants: Free Advertising for Non-Profit Organisations

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

If you are managing the marketing activities of a non-profit organisation or charitable institution, you are probably interested in paid search to increase the reach and donations for your organisation.

Since April 2003, Google has developped a donation program called Google Grants. The program awards free Google Adwords advertising to selected non profit organisations to promote their website, recruit volunteers and raise money.
Over the last 7 years the program has supported over 4,000 organisations in 15 countries ( including Australia) with an estimated $272.3M worth of advertising.

With up to $10,000 worth of advertising per month ($330 per day) with no time restrictions, joining the Google Grants program could have a positive impact on your organisation's goals. All this free budget, could be used to increase donations, promoting any new initiatives or recruiting volunteers.

In Australia, the program is open to any non profit organisations in the fields of Arts, Education, Health, Technology and Science.
To be eligible your organisation must be endorsed as charity organisation by the Commissioner of Taxation or prescribed as charitable institution in the Income Tax Assessement Regulations of 1997.
Obvioulsy some restrictions exist for political, religious, and membership based organisations as well as for organisations using Google Adsense on their websites.

To apply for the Google Grants program, you will need to meet the program requirments and then fill in an application form providing quite a lot of details on your organisation. The Google Grants Commitee will then review your application and get back to you.
From experience, the review period can take up to 6 months, so be patient because it is really worth it!


Get Seen Online said...

What a fantastic initiative. Good on Google and I hope lots of organisations really benefit from this.