Corporate Social Responsibility

Evaluation Criteria for Global Impact Cash Grants


Global Impact Cash Grants  multiply the impact of eligible organizations around the globe with national or multinational operations. To improve the quality of your grant application, we recommend that you carefully review the criteria we use to evaluate grants.

Addresses a Significant Social Problem with Unmet Need

The program addresses a problem that affects a large number of lives within one of Cisco’s Investment Areas, and which has severe effects on the lives of individuals and communities within the target area. A significant unmet need exists due to a gap in funding or a need for innovative approaches.

Incorporates Metrics to Measure Program Impact

The program defines and utilizes SMART metrics to help Cisco and the grantee measure progress towards success. The highest priority and funding consideration is given to proposals that clearly articulate the planned impact of their efforts, as well as the metrics by which that impact will be measured.

Serves the Underserved

The target audience is greater than 65% economically underserved, relative to the average standards of the target geography.

Utilizes and Leverages the Internet

The program uses the Internet and/or Internet-based communications technology to improve the efficiency and reach of program services.

Employs an Innovative Approach with Potential for Broad Impact

The program provides an innovative solution that creates an opportunity for significant impact beyond the direct benefits of specific Cisco-funded activities. For example:

  • Market effects due to major shift in economics/productivity/effectiveness.
  • Ability to catalyze behavior of other key agents or partners in ecosystem to achieve an order of magnitude more together than apart.

Designed to be Replicable, Scalable, and Sustainable

The design of the program allows it to be easily and cost effectively replicated in communities around the globe, and to meet the needs of the target population without a nearly equivalent investment for each individual or group. The long-term plan for the program enables it to flourish significantly beyond the resources provided by Cisco.

Possesses Outstanding Leadership

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.

Aligns with Cisco Goals and Values

The organization meets the basic criteria, guidelines and requirements as defined for Cisco's Global Impact Cash Grant program.