General Motors Foundation: Grants for Michigan

OVERVIEW: The General Motors Foundation supports STEM education, vehicle and road safety, and community development in Detroit, Michigan and other regions of interest.

FUNDING AREAS: STEM education, vehicle and road safety, community development, Detroit, education, neighborhood revitalization, access to arts and culture, sustainable employment

IP TAKE: This big corporate funder has a giving program specifically for Detroit that has its own giving areas for city-wide needs.

PROFILE: Established General Motors Foundation is a corporate foundation based in Detroit, Michigan. This is the philanthropic arm of the General Motors (GM) company, which manufacturers and distributes vehicles and vehicle parts. The foundation is committed to "fostering smart, safe and sustainable communities around the world.” It funds local efforts for STEM education, vehicle and road safety, community development, and specific needs in Detroit.

The General Motors Foundation’s STEM education grants are aimed at increasing science mentorships and student access to STEM courses, as well as immersive learning and artificial intelligence-powered technologies. Vehicle safety grants educate drivers about distracted driving, seatbelt use, and safe travel, especially for children. Community development grants focus on social inclusion, increasing access to jobs, and livable communities. The funder also has a Detroit-specific program that focuses on education, neighborhood revitalization, access to arts and culture, and sustainable employment. GM does not make multi-year commitments.

Grants range between about $2,000 and $100,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on the communities where GM operates. Nonprofits in Detroit and other Michigan communities often receive grants. Past local grantees include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Detroit, Michigan Crossroads Council, and Michigan Technological University.

This foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry from nonprofits following an eligibility quiz. It uses an online application system and reviews applications through September 30 each year. Applications received after this are reviewed for possible funding the next year. It can take up to six weeks for GM Corporate Giving to make funding decisions after proposals are submitted. Direct general questions to the staff at GivingBack@gm.com or by phone at 313-665-4085 or 586-575-5349.

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