Google awards $1.5M grant to foster civic apps

Google awarded a $1.5 million grant to Code for America, a non-profit that wants to support the development of Web applications for public sector agencies and organizations.

The firm recruits “top talent from the tech industry” who are willing to spend a year “building civic software that will help cities cut costs, work smarter and engage more with their citizens," according to its website.

In a blog post, Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka said the money would help support funding of more coding fellowships in the coming year.

One, the Civic Startup Seed Accelerator, would help “foster sustainable businesses that can become the next generation of government vendors,” Pahlka wrote. “Disruptive technology in the hands of entrepreneurs can change the world.” The project is also supported by a grant from the Kauffman Foundation.

A second project, the CfA Brigade, is “an online platform to connect civic hackers and others with each other locally and to reuse and remix civic apps in their cities.”

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