Like many corporate foundations, the American Honda Foundation was established to reflect the ideals to which its parent corporation aspires. The adjectives this corporation/foundation synergy uses are "imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic, and innovative."
But in practical terms, what the American Honda Foundation funds is scientific education for youth. There are two keys to this sentence: "Scientific education" and "youth." Unlock what the foundation means by each of them and you'll be ready to hit the road.
Science education: The American Honda Foundation defines science education as encompassing mathematics, physical sciences, life sciences, and environmental sciences. It funds projects that prepare students for biotech careers, inspire young girls toward high STEM achievement, support underserved and minority student populations to attend a summer math and mentorship academy, inspire students to create digital media content, and encourage environmental stewardship. Got all that? Recent giving amounts range from $20,000 to $75,000 and are dispersed to communities all around the country.
Youth: The American Honda Foundation has a wide-ranging view on what it means to be young and grant-worthy: pre-natal through 21 years of age. You're most likely looking for funding in a sub-category, either pre-K, K-12, or the college years. But keep in mind that you're competing for dollars with projects in these other wading pools.
All that sounds simple enough, right? And keep in mind one other thing: Like many STEM funders these days, this foundation is keenly interested in expanding the reach of science education to pull in groups that have traditionally been unrepresented in this fields, such as girls and kids of color.
In total, for the year 2013 the American Honda Foundation gave more than $1.6 million to the "scientific education" of "youth."