Google Launches Over $800M Plan to Respond to Covid-19 Crisis

| March 29, 2020

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According to a post by Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google is announcing a new over $800m plan to support small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), health organizations and governments, and health workers on the frontline of this global pandemic. $250m in ad grants to help the World Health Organization (WHO) and more than 100 government agencies globally provide critical information on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other measures to help local communities. This is an increase from the initial $25m announced last month. In addition, the company is providing $20m in ad grants to community financial institutions and NGOs specifically to run public service announcements on relief funds and other resources for SMBs.

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