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Announcing a new grants program in Silicon Valley

The Cisco Foundation is launching a new Bay Area Community Impact Grants program while retiring the longstanding Silicon Valley Impact Grants program after a final cycle in 2019.

New Funding Program: Bay Area Community Impact Grants (CIG)

For many years, the Cisco Foundation has supported nonprofit organizations that deliver K-8 education and health programs benefiting underserved populations in Silicon Valley. To ensure that we continue to add value, we undertook a strategic planning process to understand the needs of Bay Area communities and review our giving approach. The process included the commission of an independent research report and interviews with corporate and nonprofit stakeholders to assess our program’s alignment with community needs and funding trends. 

Based on this process, we are pleased to share the launch of a new grants program called the Bay Area Community Impact Grants (CIG). Our new approach will help us cultivate long-term partnerships with a set of selected organizations that are addressing the unmet needs of Bay Area low-income and marginalized communities. In 2019, we will both phase out the previous model and launch the new one. CIG will inaugurate with a focus on the foundations of educational success by investing specifically in kindergarten through fifth grade literacy and numeracy initiatives.

The new model will support a selected number of community partners with larger grants of US$50,000 to US$75,000 and include the possibility for continued partnership over multiple years. Cisco will also aim to leverage other corporate resources to offer integrated support to partners including volunteerism, production donations, and networking opportunities.

CIG applications will be accepted online and by invitation only; however, organizations will have the opportunity to submit a proposal concept for consideration. Please check back in early January 2019 for more information on funding guidelines.

2019 Final Cycle of Silicon Valley Impact Grants (SVIG)

As we make this transition to the revised CIG model, we will also sunset our current Silicon Valley Impact Grants SVIG program that annually awarded 40 grants of US$15,000 each through an open, competitive process. We will retire the current approach at the end of the grant cycle in May 2019. Eligible organizations that received SVIG funding for at least one year over the last three years (2016-2018) can submit a simplified application for funding consideration. This process is by invitation only, please see below for additional details.  

SVIG Sunset Grant Amount: US$10,000

Application Period: February 4 – February 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Funding Announcement: May 2019

Focus Areas for SVIG 2019 Grant Cycle:

Health programs: We seek 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 and youth.

K-8 education programs: We seek to invest in programs that make it possible for every child to attain a quality education. This is demonstrated by improved student attendance; behavior; and increased math, science, or literacy course performance.

How to Apply:

If your organization has received SVIG funding in 2016, 2017 or 2018 and is eligible to reapply in 2019, you will receive an email invitation in January 2019. Please note that organizations funded in both 2017 and 2018 are not eligible, as they cannot receive three consecutive years of funding per SVIG criteria. If you have questions, please reach out via our contact form.