Silicon Valley Impact Cash Grants
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, San Francisco County, San Joaquin County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, Solano County, Stanislaus County Expand all
Location of residency: Counties in California: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, Monterey County, San Benito County, San Francisco County, San Joaquin County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, Solano County, Stanislaus County Expand allView website Save Need help writing this grant?
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.
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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