Cisco’s goal is to partner with organizations that maximize the impact of the assets offered, thereby nurturing the development of healthy, self-sustaining, civic-minded communities around the globe. To that end, the highest priority and funding consideration is given to proposals that can clearly articulate the planned impact of their efforts, as well as the metrics by which that impact will be measured.
Listed below are the criteria used to evaluate a grant opportunity. These values are key to maximizing positive impact in the community.
The organization addresses a problem that affects a large number of lives within the target area, and which has detrimental effects on the lives of individuals within that community. The significant unmet need requires urgent action.
The target audience of the program includes economically underserved populations relative to the average standards of the target geography. A minimum of 50 percent of the constituency served by the organization must be economically underserved. The higher the percentage of underserved, the higher the likelihood of receiving funding.
Community Impact Cash Grants do not necessarily require the program to be funded to include greater use of the Internet; however priority is given to organizations that incorporate technology in the delivery and reach of services.
The program defines and utilizes SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely) metrics in order to help Cisco and the grantee measure progress towards success.
The organization has an outstanding leader and/or management team with qualities such as vision, execution ability, passion, ethical approach, expertise, external relationships, and credible track record in the relevant area.
The organization meets the basic criteria, guidelines and requirements as defined for Cisco's Community Impact Cash Grant program.
Each of Cisco's worldwide Civic Councils consists of a team of employee champions who are passionate about giving back in their local communities.
This program targets a special subset of our standard grantmaking investment areas for San Jose-area nonprofit organizations. Learn more.