Donor: Cisco Foundation
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: United States
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: 25.000$
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Other
Maximum grant size: 50.000$
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Research, Technology & Innovation

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

  3. Asia

      Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen

  4. Europe

      Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine

  5. Pacific

      Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu


1) Objective

The Cisco Product Grant Program focuses on the same social investment areas as our cash grants: critical human needs, access to education, and economic empowerment. Cisco donates networking technology to qualified nonprofit organizations to help them realize significant gains in productivity, scalability, and cost-efficiency. Together, they build public benefit programs that make innovative use of the Internet and communications technology and have a measurable impact. Organizations are responsible for selecting appropriate Cisco products; the product grant team may provide limited assistance.

Only Cisco manufactured and branded equipment is supported via this program. Small Business or Home Networking equipment, Webex and similar subscription services are not available as Product Grants. Advanced technologies such as  Voice over IP, advanced security, or high end UCS servers require a Cisco-certified individual to install and maintain them. Cisco will not grant funds to pay for installation or design (To find a Cisco Certified Partner, go to the partner locator, click Advanced Search, select “IP Communications” or “IP Communications Express” under Technology Specialization.) As a green company, Cisco designed the Product Grant Program as a closed loop system. Donated Cisco products that are no longer useful or have reached their end of life must be returned through Cisco product recycling.

2) Eligibility

Program is open to Start-up/new nonprofit organizations only. Individuals are not eligible.

3) Location

Actions can take place in various countries worldwide.

4) Budget

The maximum request amount for first-time grant recipients is $50,000 (list price) of equipment. Requests under $25,000 are reviewed and fulfilled by their partner TechSoup.

5) Application

Before applying, nonprofits can determine their eligibility by reviewing the requirements and grant giving policies. Eligible organizations will be able to register and complete the online application form. They accept proposals for Customized Connectivity Grants 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.

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