Global Impact Cash Grants

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

The Cisco Foundation was established in 1997 by Cisco. Cisco and the Cisco Foundation partner with non-profits, non-governmental organisations, and community-based organisations to carry out many of its Corporate Social Responsibility programs. Cisco invests in scalable and self-sustaining programs that use technology to meet some of society’s biggest challenges. It deploys its expertise, technology, partnerships, and financial resources to help build thriving, prosperous communities that improve people’s lives and support our business. Through the Global Impact Cash Grants, it offers an innovative approach to a significant social problem. The social investment programs focus on four areas where Cisco CSR can add the most value and make a significant and lasting impact investing in local communities to solve global challenges.

Cisco welcomes applications for Global Impact Cash Grants from community partners around the world who share their vision and offer an innovative approach to a critical social challenge. They identify, incubate, and develop innovative solutions with the most impact. Global Impact Cash Grants go to nonprofits and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that address a significant social problem. They are looking for programs that fit within our investment areas, serve the underserved, and leverage technology to improve the reach and efficiency of services. Cisco’s cash and product grant programs help nonprofits apply digital technology to have the broadest impact in some of the most economically underserved parts of the world.

2) Eligibility

Eligible applicants are nonprofits and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that address a significant social problem.

3) Location

Actions can take place in various countries worldwide.

4) Budget

The maximum request amount for first-time grant recipients is $75,000.

5) Application

Before applying, nonprofits can determine their eligibility by reviewing the requirements below and grant giving policies. Eligible organizations will be able to register and complete the online application form. They accept proposals on an ongoing, year-round basis. However, grants are reviewed on a quarterly cycle, and a proposal must be submitted within the first month of a quarter to be considered for that funding cycle: (1) Q1: August – October; (2) Q2: November – January; (3) Q3: February – April; (4) Q4: May – July.