Cisco’s Cash Grants, Social Investments and Support for Nonprofits

The American multinational corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc. known worldwide for designing and developing networking equipment has a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program that seeks to bring about change by applying the power of human and technology networks. It has strong interests in areas of education, healthcare, economic empowerment, critical human needs, environment and governance and ethics and works in more than 150 countries.

It has Social Investment program that is implemented in partnerships with NGOs to encourage socioeconomic gains in communities around the world. The support for nonprofit organizations includes partnership with community organizations that includes donation as well as sharing of business expertise. There is also Product Grant Program where products related to internet and networking technologies are donated to community organizations for achieving significant gains in productivity, scalability and cost efficiency. Cisco also encourages employees to donate at least one day of service each year to a community organization.

The corporation has also established the Cisco Foundation which seeks to partner with NGOs around the world to address critical human needs, ensure access to education, and build economic empowerment. Again, as a technology driven company, it understands that community-based interventions have to be integrated with the power of the internet and communications technology for sustainable development.

ITs Global Impact Cash Grants provide financial support to NGOs around the world but these NGOs have to be aligned to its grantmaking criteria and policies. Under this program, cash grants are offered to NGOs for solving challenging socioeconomic conditions in at least one of the investment areas: critical human needs, access to education, and economic empowerment.

Interestingly, Cisco accepts unsolicited proposals round the year, which means organizations can submit their requests for funding anytime. However, there are various stages of submitting your funding request. Grants of up to US $75,000 can be requested.

Before submitting your proposal, make sure that you have read the eligibility criteria carefully and ensure your project is in line with Cisco’s priorities. For more information, visit this link.

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  1. Avatar mushtaq gill says
  2. Avatar PAUL ISANGA says

    Hi
    Get information for support of
    Help Community Foundation (HCF) – Uganda is an indigenous Non government organization working to respond to the NEEDS of people living in the rural communities including water catchment’s areas, marginalized communities and poverty scourge.
    HCF-Uganda is a non- profit, political welfare and non- sectarian welfare organization registered in the Republic of Uganda with its headquarters in Uganda. It is currently working on the shores of Lake Kyoga and River Nile in Buyende, District
    This organization is an initiative of the residents of the area and students of social work and social administration, education, health, social sciences and health from the area in different universities of studies in the country who felt caserns to collectively address the concerns and Needs of people living in the rural communities including water catchment’s areas, marginalized communities and poverty scourge who are lagging behind in health coverage, suffering jiggers as a result of poor health, poverty housing among others.
    HCF- Uganda started by addressing water and sanitation problems of the areas of Buyende district. Buyende district was among the district in the Eastern region with poor health and sanitation as well latrine coverage. According to Health survey report of Plan Uganda- Kamuli program area 2008, Buyende stood at 4% latrine coverage, 5% basin coverage, 68% of population draw drinking water from open wells, mudstones (Oluubale) and such water in un boiled, 1% hand washing after using pit latrine, 17% blacked coverage, 9% of pregnant mothers sleeping in insecticide treated mosquito nets, 21% children under age of 5 years sleep in treated insecticide mosquito nets.
    With this situation therefore, a collection of youths from Kamuli, Kaliro, Buyende, Iganga and Jinja districts respectively from different universities and fields of study who sat at Pentagon/ Pine Hurst Hotel in Kamuli District on 15th/ January/ 2011 came up an idea of forming a CBO to address the Needs of People of Busoga hence the inception of Help Community Foundation Uganda.
    The organization is currently working in Buyende District and is rolling its activities to new others districts like Iganga, and Kamuli.
    The organization is currently working on HIV/ AIDS care support system in partnership with Health Ideal Care for Africa (HICA) –Kagulu for testing and referrals for treatment and management of minor health cases. As well as giving psycho-social support to OVCS and People Living with HIV/ AIDS in Buyende District.
    The organization is sensitizing the schools both primary and secondary schools in HIV/ AIDS prevention and reduction in schools going children through behavioral change communications trainings and support visits.
    The organization will also this year sensitize the people on income generating activities and food security, production, and Nutrition to pregnant mothers, PWDs and people living with HIV/ AIDS. Will implement the project of Reducing Stigma and Discrimination of HIV/ AIDS victims in the water catchments areas of river Nile and Lake Kyoga respectively

    b) Objectives:-
    To respond to the NEEDS of people living in the rural communities including water shores/ catchment’s areas, marginalized communities and poverty scourge.
    To Enhance Sustainable, Improved and Value Based Quality Livelihood For Entire Human Race.
    To empower community vulnerable groups of people to advocate for their rights and raise voices for the voiceless.
    To empower communities to partner and network in fighting poverty, hunger, malaria, combat HIV/ AIDS improving the quality of life for entire human race

    To increase community’s access and adoption to effective hygiene and sanitation practices providing a basis for behavioral change strategies and communication

    To reduce incidences of malnutrition in people living with HIV/ AIDS, pregnant mother, children, elderly people and PWDS by supporting families both affected and infected by HIV/ AIDS, responding to their NEEDS.

    Vision. Sustainable, Improved and Best Quality Livelihood for Entire Human Race

    Mission. To achieve lasting improvement in the quality of life of deprived persons through a process that unites entire human race and adds value and meaning to their lives, enabling people to meet basic Needs and increase abilities to realize full potential for sustainable livelihood.

    c) The Situation/ Solution
    with the Health survey report of Plan Uganda- Kamuli program area 2008, Buyende stood at 4% latrine coverage, 5% basin coverage, 68% of population draw drinking water from open wells, mudstones (Oluubale) and such water in un boiled, 1% hand washing after using pit latrine, 17% blacked coverage, 9% of pregnant mothers sleeping in insecticide treated mosquito nets, 21% children under age of 5 years sleep in treated insecticide mosquito nets. The report further indicated higher infant mortality of about 37%, Maternal mortality rate of 20%, malnutrition of at 56% of children under 5 years of age, high prevalence of HID/ AIDS, high stigma and discrimination of People Living with HIV/ AIDS among others. Depending on the above therefore, if the organization has done the following:-
    d) Impact of the Organization
    • Latrine coverage has increased to 31% in one year of interventions as compared to 4% in the year 2008.
    • Through community training on the use of Tip tap, a number of people has adopted hand washing after using the toilet and before eating and or serving food.
    • Hygiene has improved in a sense that, people are trained in house smearing and by this jigger infestation is reducing.
    • Basin coverage has slightly increased from that of 2008 Plans health report of 5% overage to 17% according HCF- Uganda annual health report 2011.
    • People has been trained in mosquito treated net use and the number pregnant mothers and children under 5 years of age sleeping in treated nets increased to about 34%. HCFU 2011 annual report
    • Mothers have been trained in making Nutritious pourage from cereals (Soya bean) and making good meals for their children most especially those less than 5 years of age.
    • Communities have been trained in making chichen gardening to grow vegetables important for the growth of their children.

    e) The target group of the organization
    The organization targets the pro-poor population of the following category:-
    OVCs, Women, People Living With HIV/ AIDS (PLWHA), Business Persons, Fisher Men, Youths, Men, Local Leaders, Opinion Leaders, Schools, PWDS & Families. (Pro-Poor People)
    (f) Location, Address and Contact of the Organization
    P.O Box 88, Kamuli
    Buyende T/C, Buyende Ward/ Buyende District

  3. Avatar Amone Emmanuel says

    Thank very much for your support and for highlighting me on what is happening,am really grateful.
    Best regards