In a recent blog post, Google announced that its Google Cloud Research Credit has now been extended to nonprofits. This is a big move for nonprofits using Google Cloud and those wanting to come on board. But before we talk about these credits and how your nonprofit could benefit, let’s understand GC first.

  • What cloud computing is about
  • Understanding the Google Cloud Platform
  • Google Cloud Research Credits & Nonprofits

Without further ado, let’s get started.

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Understanding Cloud Computing

Cloud computing, in technical language, is the delivery of different services through the internet. In layman’s terms, it allows us to use computing resources on the internet.

Through cloud computing, individuals and organizations are able to store, process, retrieve, analyze data, and host software over the internet. Instead of buying and maintaining your own hardware to keep these things running, cloud computing allows you to access these services over the internet.

This makes cloud computing cheaper for many organizations. They don’t have to keep expensive gadgets. No maintenance of IT systems is involved. And they only pay for the space and resources they need. Popular cloud computing providers include:

  1. Google Cloud
  2. Microsoft Azure
  3. Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  4. Alibaba Cloud
  5. IBM Cloud
  6. And Oracle, Salesforce, and SAP among others.

Since we’re focusing on Google Cloud in this piece, we would only talk about that.

What is the Google Cloud Platform?

The Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is a cloud platform that gives you the power to build and host applications, as well as store and analyze data. The GCP uses the same infrastructure that Google uses for its products such as YouTube and Google Search.

The GCP has its main computing products including Google App Engine, Google Compute Engine, Google Container Engine, and Google Cloud Storage. It’s used by large enterprises, software engineers and developers, as well as cloud administrators.

What is the Google Cloud Research Credit

Google Cloud is not free. In order to advance certain areas, Google decided to give these areas a pass or some credit when it comes to using the GCP. So the Google Cloud credits are an incentive that Google gives to individual and organizational researchers so they can use the GCP for free. For nonprofits using Google Cloud, this is good news. But also a great move for nonprofits looking to jump on GCP.

While there is an always-free version, it may not have all the resources individuals or organizations need. Thus, Google has provided free credit to certain areas, including credit for startups and educational institutions.

For researchers and research institutions, Google Cloud offers up to $5,000 in credits. This allows these researchers and institutions to use Google Cloud’s high-performing capabilities without paying. As a researcher, you have to apply through a proposal in order to receive your credit.

Extending Google Cloud Credits to Nonprofits

Google announced recently that it has extended the Google Cloud Research Credit to nonprofits. It means nonprofit researchers and social-impact facing research organizations can apply for credit to use premium GCP functionalities for free.

As a researcher in the nonprofit space, a P.HD in the social impact sector, or a nonprofit research institution, you can apply to receive Google’s cloud research credit. According to the search engine giant’s blog post, this move is to advance research and enable breakthroughs in the future. It’s also to extend the program’s coverage beyond academia into the nonprofit space.

Google says a lot of nonprofit-facing research organizations are already using their platform. Institutions already leveraging GCP include the Vector Institute in Toronto, Scripps Research Institute, New York Genome Center, Allen Institute for AI (A12), and Ontario Institute for Cancer Research among others.

Google research credit for nonprofits: how can you use them?

If you’re a nonprofit using Google Cloud, you can go ahead and apply. You’ll probably be able to drastically reduce your current budget on GCP. If you’re new to the GCP, you can also register and apply. Here’s how nonprofits can benefit:

  1. Use Google Cloud’s advanced analytics capabilities to give your nonprofit team and partners insights into your impact.
  2. Take chat, working remotely and collaboratively, video calls, emailing, and document collaboration to a whole new level.
  3. Leverage advanced security capabilities to protect your nonprofit’s data from malicious actors.
  4. Leverage Google Cloud’s commitment to open-source software to build and deploy robust nonprofit application experiences.

Conclusion: nonprofits using Google Cloud

For nonprofits using Google Cloud, and for those wanting to switch, this is a good initiative. Leverage these credit to conduct research, build and launch applications, secure your digital assets, and reduce cost.