Updated Nov 23, 2017

Cisco Global Impact Cash Grants

Offered by Cisco

Cisco welcomes applications for Global Impact Cash Grants from community partners around the world who share our vision and offer an innovative approach to a significant social problem.Cisco seeks to identify, incubate, and develop innovative solutions that solve challenging socioeconomic conditions where we can have the most impact: critical human needs, access to education, and economic empowerment. At Cisco, we make social investments in areas where we believe our technology and our people can make the biggest impact--education, economic empowerment, and critical human needs. Together, these investment areas help people overcome barriers of poverty and inequality, and make a lasting difference by fostering strong global communities
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GrantType
Open Year RoundDeadline
Up to $75,000Amount
UnavailableDuration(Months)

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
RegionLow and Middle Income Countries
CountryN/A
Focus AreasAgriculture and Technology
Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Technology
Economic Growth and Trade and Technology
Humanitarian Assistance and Technology
Education and Technology
Housing and Infrastructure and Technology

1.Critical Human Needs: Provides increased capacity to access clean water, food, and shelter.

Examples of potential investments that could qualify:

  • Innovative solutions which increase capacity, allowing the organization to deliver their products/services more effectively and/or more efficiently.
  • Tools which increase the availability of, or improve access to, products/services necessary for people to survive and thrive.

Examples of investments that would NOT qualify:

  • Buying food, shelter or other support products/services.
  • Providing general operating funds.

2.Access to Education: Focuses on teaching and learning improvement through the use of technology with concentration in math, technology engineering, and science and/or the development of programs or tools that demonstrate applied knowledge or skills to applicable career paths within these fields.

Examples of potential investments that could qualify:

  • Innovative solutions which increase capacity, allowing organizations to deliver / administer / track education more effectively and/or more efficiently.
  • Tools which increase the availability of, or improve the access, to products/services for student centric engagement, performance or persistence, teacher development, parental participation.
  • Tools or solutions that map/demonstrate applied knowledge and skills to applicable career paths.

Examples of investments that would NOT qualify:

  • Paying teachers/administrators/aids salaries.
  • Purchasing supplies, tuition, equipment i.e. hardware and/or software, recurring utilities.

3.Economic Empowerment: Enables individuals to participate in the workforce via access to knowledge, capital and/or jobs.

Examples of potential investments that could qualify:

  • Innovative solutions which increase capacity, allowing the organization to deliver their courses / products / services more effectively and/or efficiently.
  • Tools which increase the availability of, or improve access to, products/services necessary for people to enter the workforce and earn a living wage.

Examples of investments that would NOT qualify:

  • Sponsorships, athletic events, galas, scholarships.
  • Providing funds for buildings, construction.

Other Requirements

Target BeneficiariesTarget population greater than 65% economically underserved individuals, relative to the average standards of the target geography
Potential for Scale
In other words, can the program be - or is it planned to be - easily and cost effectively duplicated to benefit more than one organization or local community, AND can it continue to exist on its own beyond the period of requested funding?

Replicable

Design of the program allows for it to be easily and cost effectively reproduced/duplicated for use in local environments around the globe.
Example of a potential investment that could qualify:
A math course based upon the use of culturally independent objects to demonstrate math concepts and models for problem solving
Example of an investment that would not qualify:
A project that depends on locally relevant landmarks or symbols to deliver a message

Scalable

  • Design of the program allows it to expand to meet the needs of the target population without a nearly equivalent investment of resources for each individual or group.
  • Example of a potential investment that could qualify:

  • Moving an information & referral service from a phone based system to a web based system does not require a proportionate resource increase for each x number clients.
  • Example of an investment that would not qualify:

  • Providing a dedicated face-to-face mentor will require increased resources at approximately the same rate for each client to be mentored.

Sustainable

  • Long-term plan for the program includes mechanisms by which it can flourish significantly beyond the resources which will be provided by Cisco.
  • Example of potential investment that could qualify:

  • An earned income model which will generate revenue equivalent to a significant portion of its operating costs.
  • Example of an investment that would not qualify:

  • Reliance on as-yet unidentified grants for operation.
Impact Evaluation/M&E Plan
Specific
Specific Metrics are clear and well-defined. This helps both the grantee and the grantor, as the grantee knows what is expected of them and the grantor is able to monitor and assess actual performance against the specific Metrics.
Measurable
Progresses toward Metrics often need to be to be monitored while work is under way. It is important to know when that work has been done as the Metrics are completed. A measurable metric achieves this end.
Achievable
Achievable Metrics ensure that everything is in place and that if the grantee does not reach the goals they cannot reasonably point the finger elsewhere.
Realistic
Metrics should be realistic. A metric will often fail for a number of reasons including a lack of skill, not having enough resources (computers, tools, etc.), not having access to key people and not having management support.

Timely
Descriptions of Metrics should include timescales of what is required by when. This may also include details of delivery, stating (if relevant) where Metrics are to be completed. Giving a time scale adds appropriate sense of urgency and ensures that the Metrics do not dribble out over an unreasonably long timescale.
Other

Utilizes and Leverages the Internet

The program uses the Internet and/or Internet-based communications technology to improve the efficiency and reach of program services.

In other words, does your program substantially focus on technology and digitization (e.g., cloud, mobile, Internet) to improve the efficiency and reach of program services?

Example of potential investments that could qualify:

  • Modify an existing successful non-web solution to be delivered via the Internet.
  • Build an interactive new technology solution for full Internet delivery.
  • Extend a successful local/regional technology solution to international scope.

Example of investments that would NOT qualify:

  • Create an Internet Web site which contains information that can only be used effectively with supplemental off-line materials.
  • Build a static Web Site to display content.
  • Relying on email for communication, or use of existing CRMs or cloud-based storage solutions for operations; while these are technology solutions, they are not innovative technologies used to transform program implementations.

Application Directions

Global Impact Cash Grantsmultiply the impact of eligible organizations around the globe with national or multinational operations. Cisco welcomes applications from community partners who share our vision and offer an innovative approach with potential for broad impact.

Application And Awards Process

Step 1: Eligibility Quiz

The Eligibility Quiz will help you determine whether your organization and program are aligned with Cisco's mission, strategic approach, and objectives for grant support.Take theEligibility Quiz.

Step 2: Initial Information Form

Eligible organizations will be invited to register and complete the online Initial Information Form. This form requests detailed information about your organization, the program you expect to fund, population served, and your budget. Your answers will determine whether or not you will be invited to complete a full proposal. Before completing the Initial Information Form, we recommend that you review oureligibility,evaluation criteria,investment areas, andpolicies.

Submission of an Initial Information Form does not guarantee that your organization will be invited to submit a full proposal.Initial Information Forms are reviewed wholly within the discretion of Cisco and the Cisco Foundation. Review may take up to one business quarter (3 months).

Step 3: Full Proposal

If a Cisco grant administrator determines that your organization's program is aligned with Cisco's mission, strategic approach, and objectives for grant support, you will receive an invitation to submit a full proposal with an invitation code to the online application. If further information is needed, you will be contacted by a grant administrator. You can expect to hear from a grant administrator within one business quarter.

A request from Cisco to submit a full proposal application does not constitute a guarantee of funding.

Submission of an Initial Information Form does not guarantee that your organization will be invited to submit a full proposal.
Initial Information Forms are reviewed wholly within the discretion of Cisco and the Cisco Foundation. Review may take up to one business quarter (3 months)

Past Funded Innovations Of Cisco Global Impact Cash Grants

WINNER
FEB 2018
AtmaGoAtmaGo
  • $250,000PENDING
    1. TITLEAtmaGo: Optimizing, Scaling, and Sustainability for Maximum Impact
    2. TYPEGrant
    3. FOCUS AREASResponse Technologies, Climate Change and Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction and 1 more SEE ALLResponse Technologies, Climate Change and Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience SEE LESS
    4. IMPLEMENTED INResponse Technologies, Climate Change and Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction and 1 more SEE ALLResponse Technologies, Climate Change and Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience SEE LESS
    5. FUNDINGCisco Global Impact Cash Grants
    6. ORGANIZATIONCiscoCisco
    WINNER
    JAN 2017
    AtmaGoAtmaGo
  • $175,000PENDING
    1. TITLEAtmaGo: Developing Community Based Early Warnings and Building Community Resilience
    2. TYPEGrant
    3. FOCUS AREASResponse Technologies, Climate Change and Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction and 1 more SEE ALLResponse Technologies, Climate Change and Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience SEE LESS
    4. IMPLEMENTED INResponse Technologies, Climate Change and Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction and 1 more SEE ALLResponse Technologies, Climate Change and Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience SEE LESS
    5. FUNDINGCisco Global Impact Cash Grants
    6. ORGANIZATIONCiscoCisco
    WINNER
    OCT 2015
    AtmaGoAtmaGo
  • $150,000PENDING
    1. TITLEAtma Android App and EWS Integration
    2. TYPEGrant
    3. FOCUS AREASClimate Change and Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction
    4. IMPLEMENTED INClimate Change and Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction
    5. FUNDINGCisco Global Impact Cash Grants
    6. ORGANIZATIONCiscoCisco
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