General Motors Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The target beneficiary groups of the foundation’s awards grants to disease support and research organizations around the country.  

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. The foundation has since 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 diseases, tax filings indicate a broad 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 disease grantees include the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan and the March of Dimes Foundation.

GM funds organizations around the world prioritizing communities where the company has a business 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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