The Toyota USA Foundation Also Has an Eye on Pre-K

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.

The K-12 set is its population focus within STEM education, but there is some bleed into education for both pre-K and community populations when the work overlaps with a K-12 cohort. Two recent examples of this are the foundation's $150,000 grant to the Center for Education Innovation (Jackson, Mississippi) for STEM curriculum implementation for pre-K through fifth grade students, as well as $200,000 to Alamo Colleges Foundation (San Antonio, Texas) toward the purchase of a Space Mission Simulator for its Challenger Center, which offers "an exciting introduction to science and technology careers to youth of all ages."

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 Toyota USA Foundation's STEM education focus, the car behemoth gives to education initiatives 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. STEM education is still a focus, but the foundation supports general education, too, with more localized community work. Some states and regions have hard deadlines; others are ongoing opportunities. Check out your geographic preference for details.

Regarding programs with an early childhood education agenda, Toyota has a Family Learning focus geared towards families for whom English is a second language. This primarily manifests through Toyota's partnership with the National Center for Families Learning.