Corporate Social Responsibility

Silicon Valley Impact Cash Grants

Silicon Valley Impact Cash Grants target certain K-8 education programs and wellness programs for San Jose-area non-profit organizations. Cisco Worldwide Headquarters are located in Silicon Valley where the company was founded. Due to our unique relationship with the Silicon Valley community we offer a special, annual open application grant request process for Bay Area programs within a 50-mile radius of our San Jose, California, headquarters.

Grant Amount


Application Period

Application period: February 6 - February 17, 2017 at 5:00 P. M. PST

Funding Period

June 2017

Investment Areas

These grants focus on a subset of our standard investment areas:

  1. Critical Human Needs: Health Programs
    Cisco seeks to invest in programs that promote wellness and positive health habits, especially in the areas of obesity and violence prevention as these epidemics affect children.
  2. Education: K-8 Programs
    Cisco seeks to invest in programs that make it possible for every child to attain a quality education as demonstrated by improved student attendance, behavior, and increased math, science or literacy course performance.

Evaluation Criteria

Please review the Silicon Valley Impact Cash Grant Evaluation Criteria.
Note: Grant proposals must include SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely) metrics to help Cisco and the grantee measure progress towards success.


Silicon Valley Impact Cash Grants are available to qualifying programs within a 50 mile radius of Cisco's corporate headquarters in San Jose, California. The organization does not need to be within this radius as long as the program seeking funding operates within the area.
Please review the complete Silicon Valley Impact Cash Grant Eligibility Requirements.
NOTE: Organizations that have received two years of consecutive funding must wait one year before reapplying. This approach enables Cisco to serve a wider range of deserving organizations in the community.

Past Recipients

Fiscal Year 2017
Fiscal Year 2016

How to Apply:

The 2017 application cycle has closed. Check back in early 2018 for information on next year's cycle. In the meantime, please familiarize yourself with a sample application.