Cisco Product Grant Program (Grant US$100,000)

Cisco Product Grant Program (Grant US$100,000)

Deadline: Ongoing

Cisco welcomes applications for the Product Grant Program from community partners around the world who share our vision and offer an innovative approach to a critical social challenge.

Cisco Product Grant Program (Grant US$100,000)Cisco donates networking technology to qualified nonprofit organizations to help them realize significant gains in productivity, scalability, and cost efficiency. Together, we build public benefit programs that make innovative use of networking and communications technology to have a measurable impact.

The Cisco Product Grant Program focuses on the same social investment areas as our cash grants: Cisco Crisis Response (which includes shelter, water, food, and disaster relief); education; economic empowerment; and climate impact and regeneration.

Cisco’s Product Grant Program accepts applications year-round from eligible charitable organizations. Nonprofits can determine their eligibility by reviewing our grant giving policies and the requirements below.

Quarterly review schedule

The program accepts proposals for direct product grants on an ongoing, year-round basis. However, grants are reviewed on a quarterly cycle. Applicants should plan at least three months for grant review plus additional time for product shipments.

Q1: August – October
Q2: November – January
Q3: February – April
Q4: May – July


The maximum request amount for first-time grant recipients is US$100,000 (list price) of equipment.

Eligibility and requirements

Organizational requirements

  • Organizations within the United States (U.S.) must be recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) and classified by the IRS as a public charity.
  • Organizations outside the United States (U.S.) must provide information and documents to determine whether the organization is the equivalent of a U.S. public charity.
  • Organizations must serve the community at large.
  • An organization’s overhead must not exceed 25%.

Ineligibility Criteria

  • Cisco will not consider incomplete proposals or paper-based applications. The following are not eligible for product grants:
    • Programs or organizations that re-grant or loan funds
    • Programs which require exposure, adherence to, or conversion to any religious doctrine in order to be a beneficiary of the program (Note: Direct service programs run by faith-based organizations may be eligible)
    • Start-up/new nonprofits (those with less than one year of successful operations)
    • An organization with more than 25% overhead
    • Proposals in combination or in support of a product sale
    • Schools & scholarships:
      • Public, charter, or private schools or school systems
      • School foundations
      • Booster clubs or other fundraising organizations affiliated with particular school(s)
      • Colleges/universities
      • Scholarships/stipend programs of any kind
    • Libraries or museums
    • Hospitals, health care centers, or community clinics
    • Food banks
    • Requests for third-party equipment like office furniture, laptops, or desktop computers
    • Requests for third-party installation or design services

For information and application.


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