Classroom Projects Can Win Community Impact Cash Grants

cisco-logoPrivate Funder: The Cisco Foundation; Opportunity: Community Impact Cash Grants; Funding Focus: Education, community service and the underserved; Geographic Focus: National (where Cisco has operations); Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Up to $75,000 each for first time applicants (the foundation distributed $13 million in grants last year); Deadline: Rolling.

Summary: The foundation supports programs designed to improve access to basic human needs, education, and economic opportunity. Funding is employee driven and programs must involve a Cisco employee in their efforts. Special emphasis is directed toward programs designed to address underserved communities and provide solutions that utilizes the Internet and communications technology. School programs and those for children and youth are encouraged to apply. Achievekids of Palo Alto, CA, won a $15,000 grant to support the AchieveKids’ Technology in the Classrooms Initiative for students with developmental disabilities. Computers for Youth-Atlanta won a $50,000 grant for a computer literacy/technology training program that distributes take-home computers to disadvantaged youth.

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About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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