I'm curious, do you have a reference on how the process has changed? I think it'd be easier for people to gauge interest if they know what the new process entails. I'm also wondering if the billing requirement could be handled by SPI or some other organization-level approach....
The old process was essentially "know someone on the inside". Billing and access for Maps-based APIs has a loooooooong history. It existed before Google was really in the business of selling other APIs. Thus, it's gone through multiple iterations and a somewhat independent evolution. Lately, that's changed and it's now using standard internal infrastructure. As a side effect, the backdoor that Chrome developers used to be able to provide to distros is no longer available
The new process is well-described here:
Thank you! it appears to me that this would probably require for the distro step in to get the NGO account, which I also think would make it easier to transfer responsibilities between team members on different G-controlled products.