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Cuyahoga County Public Library wins $50,000 from Google

October 1, 2018

Cuyahoga County Public Library wins $50,000 from Google

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cuyahoga County Public Library learned today that it won the public voting section of Google’s Impact Challenge Cleveland grant-making program, earning a second $50,000 grant. Combined with a previous $50,000 Google grant, the library system has now received $100,000.

“We are super excited,” said Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. She thanked the voter and Google for their support.

Cuyahoga County Public Library will use its Impact Challenge Cleveland grant to launch an internet hot spot program, which will allow students in high school equivalency classes to take home a free internet hot spot. This will provide high-speed mobile internet access that can be used for distance learning, signing up for government services and other tasks, Feldman said.

The program will start this fall with about 200 hot spots distributed through the county library branches and other community sites, Feldman said. The additional $50,000 grant will allow the library system to purchase additional hot spots, which will help Cleveland achieve a better-educated workforce.

“This means we will be able to serve twice as many people,” Feldman said.

Cuyahoga County Public Library was one of four Cleveland-based non-profits that received $50,000 as winners of the Google’s Impact Challenge Cleveland. The grants support the organizations’ work to create economic opportunities for the underserved.

The other organizations that won the initial $50,000 grant were Burten Bell, Carr Development, Inc., Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (Magnet) and OhioGuidestone. The announcement of the winners was made recently at Cuyahoga Community College’s Metro Campus.

More than 60 local non-profits submitted ideas to Impact Challenge Cleveland, part of the Grow with Google initiative, after the challenge was announced in May. A panel of local advisors helped select the winners.

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