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E-rate Won’t Fund Your Entire Solution? Consider These Other Options

- March 13, 2017 - 2 Comments

Whether you are out of E-rate funds, will miss the deadline, or want to pursue other options, there are various sources to fund your digital learning initiatives.

Grant Funding

There are countless grant programs available to fund your technology projects. While many of these grants are not specifically “technology grants,” they are open to funding technology as the means to an end of meeting the grant priorities. Some of the grant programs are competitive, while others are formula grants, including Title I-Part A funding, which is open to funding technology. Be sure to look into competitive and formula grants at the federal and state level, as well as looking at foundations that provide grant funding to K-12 institutions. For more information, please visit the Cisco Grants and Education page here.


Through either general obligation or technology-specific bonds, schools are able to fund their technology projects, both big and small. General obligation bonds are for building and modernizing facilities, but you are often able to include technology projects while the walls are open. Technology-specific bonds are just that. They specifically address the tech needs of the district. While bonds vary state-to-state, and district-to-district, this is another way to fund your technology projects.

Cisco Capital

Cisco Capital is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cisco Systems, specializing in providing innovative financing solutions for Cisco’s customers globally. More than just a finance company, Cisco Capital offers you the most competitive and flexible financing, supporting your education goals and technology needs now and in the future. Learn more! Please note, while you cannot finance your E-rate projects utilizing Cisco Capital, this is a great option for non-E-rate projects.

So What’s Next?

Be on the lookout for more blog posts in the coming weeks that highlight the great things that some of our Cisco customers have been able to do with E-rate and other sources of funding.

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  1. Building Customer relationship and finding creative ways to solve our customer problems utilizing all tools at your disposal is imperative. Thanks for the article.

  2. These are very common responses. The problem is, if your state does not allow bonds, Tech levy's or e-plost's then the school is stuck. Schools also need to realize that technology & curriculum are no longer seperate and need to help fund the tech & support that are needed to deliver their new online/cloud curriculum. Thank you for the article.