Cisco Foundation focuses their grant-making activities on three issue areas: addressing basic human needs, improving access to education, and increasing individual economic opportunity. In order to maximize the collaborative impact of their investments, we partner with community organizations that leverage the Internet and communications technology to improve the efficiency and reach of their services.
Cisco Impact cash grants are made by Cisco and the Cisco Foundation at three levels:
- Global Impact Grants - They are now accepting unsolicited applications for Global Impact Grants. Grants are awarded by the Cisco Public Benefit Investment (PBI) group to both US-based and non-US based organizations, with national or multinational operations. Grants are awarded on an ongoing basis throughout the year.
- Regional Impact Grants - Grants are awarded by one of Cisco's 32 global Civic Councils or in conjunction with local teams or individual requests. Grants are awarded on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Regional Impact Grants currently are not open to unsolicited applications.
- Silicon Valley Impact Grants - Grants are awarded to organizations based within a 50-mile radius of Cisco's corporate headquarters in San Jose, California, and providing services in the Bay Area.