Corporate Social Responsibility

Open Application Process for Silicon Valley

Community 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: Feb. 22 - Mar. 4, 2016

Funding Period

June 2016

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

See Community 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.


Open Application Community 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.
See Community 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 2015
Fiscal Year 2014

How to Apply:

Please check back on Feb. 22 to begin the 2016 Silicon Valley Open Application process. In the meantime, you can refer to this preview of sample questions asked.