General Motors Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The GM Foundation’s global development predominately supports projects that address low-income groups.

IP TAKE: The GM Foundation’s grant process takes 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, improving vehicle and road safety, and building sustainable communities.

The foundation’s building sustainable communities program seeks to support organizations that increase “[t]he number of youth and adults who have the requisite skills for employment and decent jobs.” Specifically, the foundation supports organizations that increase the education levels, marketable skills, and high school graduation percentages of youth and adults.

GM awards global development related grants to organizations around the world and prioritizes communities in which the company has a business and employee presence. Grant amounts vary widely ranging anywhere from $200 up to $5 million. Most grants fall in the $5,000 to $100,000 range.

The GM Foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry throughout the year.


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