When Cisco evaluates grant proposals, our goal is to partner with nonprofit organizations that maximize the impact of the assets we have to offer, thereby nurturing the development of successful, self-sustaining individuals and vibrant communities around the globe. To that end, we give highest priority for consideration and funding to proposals that can clearly articulate the planned impact of their efforts, as well as the metrics by which that impact would be measured.
Provided below are the criteria we use to evaluate a grant proposal. We believe these values are the key to maximizing our positive impact on the community.
The program addresses a problem that affects a large number of lives within the target area, and which has severe effects on the lives of individuals and communities within the target area. The significant unmet need exists due to a gap between current and required funding, and/or the need for innovative approaches.
The target audience is greater than 65% economically underserved, relative to the average standards of the target geography.
The program uses the internet and/or internet-based communications technology to improve the efficiency and reach of program services.
The program provides an innovative solution that creates an opportunity for significant impact beyond the direct benefits of specific Cisco-funded activities. For example:
The design of the program allows for it to be easily and cost effectively reproduced/duplicated for use in local environments around the globe.
The design of the program allows it to expand to meet the needs of the target population without a nearly equivalent investment of resources for each individual or group.
The long-term plan for the program includes mechanisms by which it can flourish significantly beyond the resources which will be provided by Cisco.
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.
We partner with nonprofit and non-governmental organizations around the world to build programs focused on critical human needs, access to education, and economic empowerment.
Cisco's Product Grant Program (PGP) makes technology grants that bring our best-in-class networking products and technology to qualifying nonprofit organizations.