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Support for Nonprofits

Expanding the reach of innovative programs

Cisco and the Cisco Foundation provide cash, products, and people to support nonprofit organizations. The Product Grant Program accepts applications year-round from qualified charitable organizations for technology and equipment. Cisco also makes investments of cash and expertise to community partners with a new approach to a significant social problem.



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‚Äôs 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 networking technology to help nonprofits make innovative use of the Internet.

Global Impact Cash Grants

Funding to multiply the results of organizations with national or multinational operations.

Bay Area Community Impact Grants

Support Bay Area programs within a 50-mile radius of our San Jose, California headquarters.

Technology that benefits social causes

We focus on projects with scalable, replicable, and sustainable solutions that use Internet and network technology to benefit individuals and communities around the world.

Cisco social investments reduce hunger, increase access to education and technology, empower people living in poverty to get jobs and start their own businesses, and restore critical services for disaster victims.

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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.

Community partners

To better understand the scope of our programs and our commitment, review our current list of community partners.

Explore our partners and their work

Life-saving jobs in Africa

A network of health workers delivers medicine to those who need it.

Efficiently feeding the hungry

Automation technology helps the largest U.S. hunger-relief organization do its work.

After-school program succeeds

Pairing Cisco mentors with at-risk students reduces drop-out rates and leads to more graduations.

CSR Report 2019

Discover how Cisco is putting our people, technology, and resources to work in service of an inclusive future, where technology gives everyone the tools to thrive.