Corporate Social Responsibility

Community Impact Cash Grants

Cisco Community Impact Cash Grants meet local needs with contributions and volunteer resources to effectively and efficiently build thriving communities. Information about our grant program is intended for those invited to apply and employees who are interested in bringing a potential grantee to our attention.

Investment Areas

Cisco’s goal is to partner with organizations that maximize the impact of the assets offered, nurturing the development of healthy, self-sustaining, civic-minded communities around the globe. Community Impact Cash Grants support the unmet needs of the underserved in two key areas:

  • Education: Cisco invests in organizations, programs and initiatives that improve literacy and science, and increase graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Cisco supports organizations that help ensure all students have an equal opportunity to learn and succeed in the 21st century.
  • Critical Human Needs: Cisco supports organizations, projects and initiatives that assist in meeting our neighbors' basic needs for food, shelter, water, disaster relief, access to basic healthcare and breaking the cycle of poverty. Our work helps to build the type of communities where all want to live, work and raise families, and where technology and innovation are valued.

Eligibility Requirements

Community Impact Cash Grants are by invitation only for eligible organizations that operate programs within a 50 mile radius of Cisco major site communities and other Cisco locations that have significant employee engagement.  

Evaluation Criteria

Ideal candidates have visionary leadership, demonstrated success in responding to community need, are innovative and responsive in their approach, and are able to layer Cisco resources including employees and technology to maximize impact in the local community.

Application Process

Community Impact Cash Grants are by invitation only for most organizations. Your organization will be emailed an invitation with a link to an online eligibility quiz to begin the Application Process

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