General Motors Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The foundation’s awards grants support girls and women’s organizations across the United States.  

IP TAKE: Grantseekers should keep in mind that this funder’s grant process can take up to 12 weeks.

PROFILE: General Motors (GM) established the General Motors Foundation in 1976. In 2016, the foundation transitioned from a “U.S.-focused, foundation-based giving model to a global social impact strategy to promote economic growth around the world.” Under this strategy, the GM Foundation focuses its grantmaking on STEM education, vehicle and road safety, community development and Detroit.  

Although the GM Foundation does not have grant program specifically dedicated to girls and women’s programs, tax filings indicate a funding interest in this field. Grant amounts vary widely, ranging anywhere from $200 up to $5 million; however, most grants fall in the $5,000 to $100,000 range. Past grantees in this space include Girls Who Code, the Women Marines Association and the Society of Women Engineers.  

GM awards grants to organizations around the world, giving priority to communities in which the company has a business and employee presence. The GM Foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry throughout the year; however, the foundation must receive submission by the end of September for consideration for the current grant cycle.


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