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Silicon Valley Impact Cash Grants

Grants to San Jose Area, California Nonprofits for
K-8 Education, Health, and Children's Welfare

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Cisco Foundation

Deadline Date:

02/16/18 5:00 PM PST


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Grants of $15,000 to San Jose area, California nonprofit organizations for programs that enhance K-8 education, promote healthy lifestyles, and support violence prevention towards children. Potential applicants must take an eligibility quiz online by February 4, 2018. Qualifying organizations are located within a 50-mile radius of the funding source’s location in San Jose. Organizations to be funded must serve a population greater than 50% economically underserved relative to the average standards of the target geography

Silicon Valley Impact Cash Grants fund best-in-class programs working in the two areas listed below.

Education: K-8 Programs Only - 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.

-Silicon Valley Impact Cash Grants support programs that successfully improve academic achievement and that benefit underserved populations.
-Cisco invests in organizations and strategic initiatives that improve literacy and science, and that increase graduates in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
-Programs must impact an audience greater than 50% economically underserved, relative to the average standards of the target geography.

Critical Human Needs: Health Care Programs Only - 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.

Silicon Valley Impact Cash Grants support health-related programs that benefit underserved populations and address one or more of the following:
-Programs that promote disease prevention and positive health habits.
-Children's health services and/or children's health education especially in the areas of obesity and violence prevention as these epidemics affect children.
-Programs that can be replicated through use of technology and offer online resources for clients and/or healthcare workers.
-Program must impact an audience greater than 50% economically underserved, relative to the average standards of the target geography.

Evaluation criteria: A grant committee consisting of trained Cisco employee volunteers evaluates each Silicon Valley Impact Grant proposal using the following criteria:

-Addresses a significant social problem with unmet need: The organization addresses a problem that affects a large number of lives within the target area, and which has detrimental effects on the lives of individuals within that community.

-Innovative and impactful approach to the social problem: The proposed program is innovative in its approach to meet the needs of the target population and has significant/lasting impact on those served.

-Incorporates metrics to measure program impact: The program defines and utilizes SMART metrics (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely) to help Cisco and the grantee measure progress towards success. The highest priority and funding consideration is given to proposals that clearly articulate the planned impact of their efforts, as well as the metrics by which that impact will be measured.

-Serves at least 50% underserved population: The target audience of the program includes a minimum of 50% economically underserved populations relative to the average standards of the target geography.

-Utilizes and leverages technology: This is not required for funding consideration. However, priority is given to organizations that incorporate technology into program delivery and reach of services.

-Shows potential to leverage a strong relationship with Cisco employees: Volunteerism is not required for funding consideration. However, additional consideration may be given to organizations that are or can leverage Cisco employee volunteerism, expertise or leadership in their organization and/or in program delivery.

-Possesses outstanding leadership: The organization has an outstanding leader and/or management team with qualities and credible track record in the relevant area.

-Aligns with Cisco goals and values: The organization meets all the criteria, guidelines, and requirements as defined for Cisco's Silicon Valley Impact Cash Grant program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162817

Estimated Size of Grant:

Cisco awards US $15,000 Silicon Valley Impact Cash Grants to qualifying Bay Area nonprofit organizations.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year requests are not considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations 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.

Program serves communities within 50-mile radius of San Jose: 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

Organizations that have received two years of consecutive funding must wait one year before reapplying. This approach enables Cisco to serve a wider range of deserving organizations in the community.

As a rule, Cisco does not fund organizations or programs whose overhead expenses exceed 25%. Overhead costs that exceed the stated limit due to unexpected business challenges or anticipated strategic changes 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. Please provide explanation in the grant application.

Fiscal sponsorship: Programs applying through a fiscal sponsorship must submit the grant application through the fiscal sponsor organization and include required documentations for both the sponsored project/program and the fiscal sponsor.

Not Funded:
-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 grantmaking or fundraising
-Grants in support of events 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.)
-Research projects/programs
-Capital building funds, challenge grants, and matching grants
- Grantmaking organizations (all other types of foundations including private foundations, family foundations, school foundations, health foundations, etc.)

Policy on funding equipment:
-In general, Cisco does not fund the purchase of computer hardware or software
-Cisco 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Application period: Monday, February 5, 2018 - Friday, February 16, 2018 at 5:00 P.M. PST. Grants are awarded in June.

How to Apply Online:
1. Take the Eligibility Quiz (link below). This can be done any time prior to the open application period in February 2018. If the quiz indicates that you could be eligible, take note of the invitation code provided at the end.

2. Review the sample application.

3. Access the grant application starting on Monday, February 5, 2018. Enter the Silicon Valley Impact Grants invitation code that you received upon completion of the Eligibility Quiz. Your completed application must be submitted by 5:00 P.M. PST on Friday, February 16, 2018.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Take the Eligibility Quiz:

Contact Form:

Online application (opens February 5):

Cisco Systems, Inc.
Corporate Headquarters
170 West Tasman Dr.
San Jose, CA 95134

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USA: California: San Jose Area

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