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Google.org awarded a $5 million grant to YBI to support over 200,000 underserved micro, small and medium businesses in 32 countries to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
The funding will enable YBI to deliver a Rapid Response and Recovery Programme that backs underserved micro, small and medium-sized businesses, sustains livelihoods and supports communities across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. The programme will be implemented in 32 countries and will focus on the most affected business owners, including young people (aged 18-35 years), women, and refugees and other migrants.
A holistic package of emergency support will be provided to business owners through YBI’s global network of members and delivery partners. This includes crisis helplines, targeted advice and signposting, online training through webinars and mentoring. As part of the programme, Google employees plan to volunteer their time to share their knowledge and expertise, helping business owners to upskill and adapt to the challenges they are facing.