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Cisco Impact Cash Grants

Cisco Impact cash grants go to carefully selected community organizations -- non-profit and non-government agencies -- that align strongly with their investment areas, grantmaking criteria, and policies.

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:
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
Let us know if you want to pursue a grant proposal with Cisco Foundation.

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BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) worked with our BDPA Dallas chapter liaison Denise Holmes to complete a grant proposal to the Richardson (TX) Cisco Civic Council. We hope that the local Cisco employees will support our application for a Cisco Community Impact Cash Grant.

The proposal seeks funding in support of the chapter's 2012 SITES program. Cisco has a 2-part process. The first part is to give a general overview of our program and why we want the funding and how our program aligns with the Cisco funding guidelines. If the local civic council is interested ... then we will be invited to submit a full grant proposal. We completed the first part of the process this afternoon.

Wish us luck!

BDPA Boston chapter's liaison to the BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is Tim Wilson. Tim worked closely with BETF to complete a grant proposal seeking $3,000 from the local Cisco Civic Council located in New England/Boxborough area. We submitted an online letter of inquiry (LOI)through the Cisco Community Impact Grant process. If successful, we will receive permission to submit the full grant proposal.

BDPA Boston chapter needs the funding to rejuvenate its Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program. The plan is to work towards having one or more college students, hopefully alumni from the chapter's High School Computer Competition (HSCC) program, participating in the 2012 BDPA IT Showcase.

Wish us luck!
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) aggressively seeks out funding for the BDPA programs, scholarships and services all over the nation. We recently worked with Tim Wilson , our BETF liaison from BDPA Boston MetroWest chapter to get permission from the local Cisco Civic Council that would allow us to send a full grant proposal. Unfortunately, our request was denied.

The message we received had details about other opportunities to work with Cisco.
Dear Tim,

In response to your request for financial support, we would like to thank you for thinking of Cisco Systems and the Cisco Foundation. Although we applaud your efforts, your request falls outside our guidelines since we do not support foundations or scholarship programs. If you have volunteer opportunities for our Cisco employees in the Boxborough area, I would be happy to pass them on to the local Civic Council lead for that area.

We invite you to visit our website for information about the various types of support we provide to non-profit organizations, eligibility requirements, policies, and investment guidelines, as well as examples of organizations and partners we support. This information can be found at http://www.cisco.com/web/about/ac48/pbi.html.

Broadly, our aim at Cisco is to leverage the full breadth and depth of our resources to benefit under-served individuals and communities globally. To this end, our social investment strategy focuses on three areas where our products, services, and employees can make a lasting impact: Critical Human Needs and Disaster Relief, Education, and Economic Empowerment. Our approach encourages innovation to create technology-based solutions that are replicable, scalable, and sustainable. To achieve our objectives, we partner with organizations around the world that share our values and align with our focus areas.

Below are selected examples of the types of programs Cisco supports:

Critical Human Needs and Disaster Relief: The mission of Nethope is to be a catalyst for collaboration among international humanitarian organizations, specifically around leveraging technology based solutions to respond to disasters. Cisco has partnered with NetHope to support disaster response in numerous locales, including following the Japan earthquake and Tsunami, and Haiti earthquake.

Cisco supported Feeding America’s pilot and scaled their Athena program that supports 86% of US Food Banks that have little or no IT support become more efficient and effective in serving people who are food insecure.

Education: Since 2004, Cisco and MIND Research Institute been working together to help improve student learning outcomes in math, especially in under-served communities. MIND develops innovative and engaging, research-based K-12 educational programs that teach students how to think, reason, and create mathematically. Support from Cisco has helped transition to an online delivery platform and scale their programs to more schools in the United States and beyond. As of March 2010, MIND’s programs reach more than 150,000 students and 10,000 teachers in 800+ schools in 22 states. Since 2004, they have grown 136 percent, and their annual growth average is 30 percent.

Cisco’s Networking Academy is a cloud delivered, scalable, high-quality Information and Communications Technology (ICT) education program that helps students develop the practical skills needed to design, build, secure, and maintain computer networks. More than one million students are enrolled in Cisco Networking Academy courses at approximately 10,000 academies in 165 countries.

Economic Empowerment: Working with partners like the Grameen Foundation and Women’s World Banking,we support technology-based solutions to help micro-finance institutions expand the scale, efficiency, and social impact of their work in under-served communities around the world. We partner with One Economy which brings broadband to the homes of low-income people and provides capacity building resources through a multilingual web portal called The Beehive. Cisco has supported a number of One Economy programs and services, including the Beehive, Digital Connectors, and others. We are also supporting organizations like Samasource and Digital Divide Data, that connect talented young people from under-served communities with ICT employment opportunities.

Nivisha J. Mehta, Cisco Giving Counselor
Silicon Valley Community Foundation

BETF will continue to work with Tim and his chapter on other funding opportunities.

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