Toyota Seeks to Create Science-Minded Conservationists

The Toyota USA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Toyota Motor Sales USA, and places its giving focus where you’d likely guess it would: STEM education. But within that STEM education focus, Toyota (similar to other businesses working in the manufacturing industry) likes to support environmental conservation whenever it can.

The K-12 student set is its population focus, and the foundation sets its sights on addressing science-oriented conservation education and awareness through multiple programmatic approaches, including curriculum development, teacher training and student engagement.

The Toyota USA Foundation recently gave a $2 million dollar grant to the Nature Conservancy (Arlington, Virginia) to create the next generation of conservationists, supporting its Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future program. More in the range of its typical giving amounts, the foundation also granted $175,000 to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida (Naples, Florida) for curriculum development at its Nature Center and in classrooms, "inspiring a conservation ethic."

There is an open, online LOI for the Toyota USA Foundation. You can submit year-round, but the decision makers convene twice a year—March and October. Grants are awarded in the spring of every year.

In addition to the Toyota USA Foundation, the car behemoth gives to environmental education and conservation programs through its corporate side’s Community Outreach coffers, specifically in communities where it has significant manufacturing activities. These include cities and regions in Alabama, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Texas, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia. These funds typically support more localized community work. Some states and regions have hard deadlines; others are ongoing opportunities. Check out your geographic preference for details.