Corporate Social Responsibility

Application Process for Community Impact Cash Grant

Community Impact Cash Grants support the unmet needs of people in communities where Cisco has a presence and a strong volunteer program. Cisco Community Relations department and our employee Civic Councils identify and invite community partners who share our vision to apply for Community Impact Cash Grants. This information is intended for those invited to apply and employees who are interested in bringing a potential grantee to our attention.

Step 1: Eligibility Quiz

A Community Relations or Civic Council representative will email you an invitation with a link to the online Eligibility Quiz to assess if your organization meets the basic criteria, guidelines and requirements as defined for the Community Impact Cash Grants program.

Step 2: Initial Information Form

Eligible organizations will be invited to register and complete the online Initial Information Form. This form requests detailed information about your organization, the program you expect to fund, population served, and  your budget. Your answers will determine whether you will be invited to apply for the program. Before completing the form, we recommend that you review our eligibility, evaluation criteria, investment areas, and policies

Submission of an Initial Information Form does not guarantee that your organization will be invited to submit a formal proposal. Initial Information Forms are reviewed wholly within the discretion of Cisco and the Cisco Foundation.

Step 3: Full Proposal

If a Cisco grant administrator determines that your organization's program is aligned with Cisco's mission, strategic approach, and objectives for grant support, you will receive an invitation to submit a full proposal with an invitation code to the online application. Once the full proposal is submitted, the application will begin the formal review process.

A request from Cisco to submit a full proposal does not constitute a guarantee of funding.

Open Application Process for Silicon Valley Programs

Due to our unique relationship with the Silicon Valley community we offer open application grants to Bay Area programs within a 50-mile radius of our San Jose, California, headquarters.

Additional Information

Cisco is not responsible for any related expenses incurred by the organization, at any step in the grant process. Grant policies and requirements are subject to change without notice, and become effective immediately upon posting to this web site. The interpretation of these policies is wholly within the discretion of Cisco and the Cisco Foundation. Furthermore, all grants are made at the discretion of Cisco and the Cisco Foundation. Qualification under the policies listed on this web site does not entitle an organization to receive a grant. Cisco reserves the right to decline any grant requested.