Global Impact Cash Grants

Cisco welcomes applications for Global Impact Cash Grants from community partners around the world who share their vision and offer an innovative approach to a critical social challenge.

Cisco identifies, incubates, and develops innovative solutions with the most impact. Global Impact Cash Grants go to nonprofits and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that address a significant social problem. Cisco is looking for programs that fit within their investment areas, serve the underserved, and leverage technology to improve the reach and efficiency of services. Applications are accepted year-round from eligible organisations. An initial information form is used to determine whether your organisation will be invited to complete a full application.

How Cisco helps nonprofits develop and scale tech solutions
Cisco’s cash and product grant programs help nonprofits apply digital technology to have the broadest impact in some of the most economically underserved parts of the world.

Eligibility requirements
Global Impact Cash Grants multiply the impact of eligible organisations around the globe with national or multinational operations. Before applying, invited nonprofits can determine their organisation’s eligibility by reviewing the requirements below and the grant giving policies.

Organisational requirements:

– Organisations within the United States must be recognised by the IRS as tax exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c)(3), and classified by the IRS as a public charity
– Organisations from outside the U.S. must provide information and documents to determine whether the organisation is the equivalent of a U.S. public charity
– Organisations to be funded must serve an audience greater than 65 percent economically underserved relative to the average standards of the target geography
– Organisations and programs must focus on at least one of our social investment areas: access to education, economic empowerment, or critical human needs
– An organisation’s overhead is not to exceed 25 percent (Organisations 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.)
– The maximum request amount for first-time grant recipients is US$75,000

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