In the midst of a surge in AI-integrated applications embraced by brands, technology behemoths, and consumers alike, nonprofit organizations are striving to keep pace. Google, a leading force in the realm of Big Tech’s AI innovation, is stepping forward to offer its support.

Google announced its latest AI accelerator program on March 28 which aims to bring financial aid to non-profit organizations that have a “high impact.” This program also aims to empower nonprofits with technical training and mentorship through a 6-month crash course. Google is targeting companies that are integrating or planning to introduce AI tools into their work.

Projects involved in the program encompass a variety of applications, from AI-enhanced assistants and coaching tools developed with Large Language Models (LLMs) to AI-driven search interfaces and chatbots utilizing Natural Language Processing (NLP) models that operate in languages other than English.

Google has previously invested in AI-driven initiatives aimed at social betterment, such as experimental projects like HomeTeam. This particular venture, created by Reflex AI, is an AI-enhanced training program focused on the mental health of veterans.

Google unveiled policy recommendations and action items to help support the integration of AI tools into business in November last year. It was called the AI Opportunity Agenda. This agenda highlights the capacity of AI to address significant societal issues and suggests the establishment of a “global AI Corps” aimed at developing a workforce proficient in AI. It also proposes expanding access to grants and training programs for businesses and organizations.

Building on this agenda, Google launched the European AI Opportunity Initiative (alongside a dedicated fund), offering both basic and advanced AI training programs designed to assist vulnerable communities, startups, and the broader public.

Google is delving into the application (and potential financial benefits) of AI across multiple sectors, evidenced by its recent forays into consumer health technology, AI-enhanced healthcare solutions, and the broader medical industry.

The accelerator program kicks off with an inaugural group of 21 nonprofit organizations that cover a wide range of industries and AI applications. This includes projects from significant international entities such as the World Bank.