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Nonprofit Partnerships and Grant Programs

Cisco helps nonprofits accelerate global problem solving.

Accelerating global problem solving

Cisco and the Cisco Foundation partner with nonprofit organizations around the world, helping to solve global problems through cash grants, technology, and shared expertise.

COVID-19 relief update

Cisco and the Cisco Foundation have allocated and granted about $15 million in cash funding to support COVID-19 relief efforts in the United States and around the world, as part of Cisco’s overall $225 million in support for this crisis. We are not accepting unsolicited requests for support for COVID-19 response at this time, as we are working directly with our established grantee partners globally on any additional response efforts. Thank you to all of the nonprofit organizations that are addressing the immense need for health care, education, and financial assistance, and those addressing critical human needs around the world.

Explore our grant programs

Product Grant Program

We donate Cisco’s best-in-class networking technology to help nonprofits make innovative use of the Internet.

Global Impact Cash Grant Program

Funding to multiply the tech-fueled impact of organizations with national or multinational operations.

Bay Area Community Impact Grants

Funding to support Bay Area programs within a 50-mile radius of Cisco’s San Jose, California headquarters.

Technology that solves global problems

Our goal is to positively impact one billion people by 2025.

Inclusive future for all

We support programs with scalable, replicable, and financially sustainable solutions.

Working locally, nationally, and globally

Social innovators can magnify the impact and scale of their work through technology.

Take a closer look

Social investment areas

We concentrate our investments around education, economic empowerment, and critical human needs.

Grant giving policies

Cisco grantees must meet the requirements listed. Each grant program also has specific eligibility requirements. 

SMART metrics for nonprofits

We prioritize proposals that clearly articulate planned results, using SMART metrics for measurement.

Cisco Foundation

The Cisco Foundation supports Cisco’s efforts to team up with nonprofit and non-governmental organizations around the world.

2020 CSR Impact Report and ESG Hub

Cisco is putting people, technology, and resources to work in service of an inclusive future where technology gives everyone the tools to thrive. Visit our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Hub.

Nonprofit partner impact updates

Empowering students to learn math at home

MIND Research Institute is helping students by giving parents direct access to their ST Math program.

Microloans support small businesses

Cisco is currently supporting Kiva's efforts to provide zero interest loans to small businesses.

Providing housing and hope

Destination: Home responds to the homelessness crisis using research and ingenuity.