Silicon Valley Impact Cash Grants support qualifying health and K-8 education programs run by nonprofits that operate within 50 miles of our corporate headquarters in San Jose, California.
Once a year, Cisco awards US$15,000 Silicon Valley Impact Cash Grants to qualifying Bay Area nonprofit organizations. We accept applications for two weeks in February and award grants each June.
Monday, February 5, 2018 - Friday, February 16, 2018 at 5:00 P.M. PT
How to apply online:
1. Take the Eligibility Quiz. This can be done any time prior to the open application period in February 2018. If the quiz indicates that you could be eligible, take note of the invitation code provided at the end. Please enter the invitation code every time you log into the online platform to access your application.
2. Review the sample application.
3. Access the grant application starting on Monday, February 5, 2018. Enter the Silicon Valley Impact Grants invitation code that you received upon completion of the Eligibility Quiz. Your completed application must be submitted by 5:00 P.M. PST on Friday, February 16, 2018.
Silicon Valley Impact Grants focus on a subset of Cisco's standard social investment areas:
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.
Aligned with our overall focus on Access to Education, Cisco seeks 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.
Before considering a proposal, please carefully review our organizational eligibility requirements and grant guidelines.
A grant committee consisting of trained Cisco employee volunteers evaluates each Silicon Valley Impact Grant proposal using the following criteria.
The organization addresses a problem that affects a large number of lives within the target area, and which has detrimental effects on the lives of individuals within that community.
The proposed program is innovative in its approach to meet the needs of the target population and has significant/lasting impact on those served.
The program defines and utilizes SMART metrics (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely) to help Cisco and the grantee measure progress towards success. The highest priority and funding consideration is given to proposals that clearly articulate the planned impact of their efforts, as well as the metrics by which that impact will be measured.
The target audience of the program includes a minimum of 50% economically underserved populations relative to the average standards of the target geography.
The program clearly defines and utilizes SMART metrics (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely) to monitor progress and measure impact.
This is not required for funding consideration. However, priority is given to organizations that incorporate technology into program delivery and reach of services.
Volunteerism is not required for funding consideration. However, additional consideration may be given to organizations that are or can leverage Cisco employee volunteerism, expertise or leadership in their organization and/or in program delivery.
The organization has an outstanding leader and/or management team with qualities and credible track record in the relevant area.
The organization meets all the criteria, guidelines, and requirements as defined for Cisco's Silicon Valley Impact Cash Grant program.