Silicon Valley Impact Cash Grants

Cisco Foundation

Grant amount: US $15,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 16, 2019 5:00pm PST

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in California: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, Monterey County, San Benito County Expand all

Location of residency: Counties in California: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, Monterey County, San Benito County Expand all

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Silicon Valley 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.

Investment Areas

These grants focus on a subset of our standard investment areas:

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.

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.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Organizational Requirements:
    • Organizations within the United States (U.S.) must be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) and classified by the IRS as a public charity.
    • Organizations to be funded must serve an audience greater than 50 percent economically underserved relative to the average standards of the target geography.
    • Organizations and programs must focus on at least one of our social investment areas:
      • access to education and/or critical human needs.
    • Silicon Valley Impact Cash Grants are available to qualifying organizations within a 50 mile radius of Cisco's corporate headquarters in San Jose, California.
      • The physical headquarters of the organization need not be within this radius, as long as an affiliate office operates and/or administers programs within the specified area.
    • An organization's overhead is not to exceed 25 percent.
      • (Organizations are occasionally exempt from this requirement; however, they must be exceptionally aligned with Cisco's values and criteria, and they must clearly explain and justify their overhead costs. Exemptions to the requirement on overhead expenses are determined on a case-by-case basis.)
  • Organizations must adhere to Cisco policies related to non-discrimination, religious proselytizing, non-support of violence and terrorism, advocacy, lobbying, and other political activities and other areas listed in Grant Giving Policies.


  • Organizations that have received two years of consecutive funding must wait one year before reapplying. 
  • Proposals in the following areas are not eligible for a Silicon Valley Impact Cash Grant:
    • Multi-year grant support requests
    • Public/private schools, charter schools, school districts, parent/booster clubs and school, college or university foundations.
    • Organizations whose primary mission is grant making or fundraising.
    • Programs such as athletic events, competitions or tournaments, conferences/seminars, festivals, field trips, and fundraisers including sponsorship of benefit dinners, walks/runs, golf tournaments, sports teams, etc.
    • Capital building funds, challenge grants and matching grants
    • Individuals seeking personal grant awards
    • Religious, political, or sectarian organizations (Note: A direct service program run by a faith-based organization may be eligible. See Grant Giving Policies.)
    • Research projects/programs
  • Policy on the Funding of Equipment:
    • In general, Cisco does not fund the purchase of computer hardware or software, but may consider doing so only in cases where:
      • such resources are leveraged in a strategically innovative manner, thereby extending their impact well beyond everyday/staff use; AND
      • such resources are not available through other, more cost-effective means such as in-kind donation.
    • Applicants must demonstrate that they have thoroughly explored such avenues without success.

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