Cisco Programme Guidelines


The Cisco donation programme is currently available to Irish organisations which are: (1) approved bodies authorised for tax relief on donations; (2) charitable organisations registered with the CRA; (3) sports bodies with tax exemption; or (4) companies limited by guarantee registered with the CRO and operating on a non-profit basis for the public benefit.

Products will be distributed to eligible organisations only, not to individuals and within the Cisco Guidelines.

An organisation must have an annual budget of less than €6 million per annum.

The following types of organisations are not eligible to receive Cisco donations through this programme:

  • Religious organisations without a secular community designation: A secular designation is defined as an organisation separate from the church or religious organisation that provides services to people regardless of their religious beliefs and does not propagate a belief in a specific faith. Example: A food bank that is run by a church, but is a separate and unique organisation that provides food and meals to anyone who qualifies for services, regardless of religious beliefs.
  • Foundations and grant-making organisations
  • Schools
  • Museums
  • Libraries
  • Camps
  • Zoos
  • Rescue and emergency services - fire departments (including volunteer), and ambulance and helicopter services
  • Cultural and environmental education organisations
  • Legal aid, credit counseling, and civil rights activities
  • Organisations that advocate, support, or practice discrimination based on age, ethnicity, gender, national origin, disability, race, size, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background.
  • Organisations must be willing and able to attest that they do not discriminate on any of these grounds in order to receive donations.


Organisations may request one CISCO donation per fiscal year (1st July – 30th June), with the total administrative fees for all ordered items not to exceed €800 - up to a €10,000 retail value in all.

Donation requests, once approved, may take up to 20 weeks to fulfil; please plan accordingly.

An organisation must demonstrate that it has a technology line item in its budget and must be able to state the amount of that budget line item.

An organisation must demonstrate that a Trustee or Director of the organisation has requested the equipment.

Cisco may, at its sole discretion, provide "functionally equivalent" substitute product(s) for any request or order.

Cisco products may not be transferred or resold.

Recipient organisations are required to sign an Equipment Donation Agreement. Please see Cisco Programme FAQs for further information.