American Honda Foundation: Grants for STEM Education

OVERVIEW: The American Honda Foundation supports a variety of K-12 learning initiatives in order to help meet students’ needs in the U.S. This foundation directs the majority of its support toward STEM projects.

IP TAKE: The American Honda Foundation supports STEM and other educational programs through its grants to schools and nonprofit organizations in the United States. It maintains an open application process, accessible through its website.

PROFILE: The American Honda Foundation, based in Torrance, California, is one of the Honda automobile company’s philanthropic arms. It seeks opportunities to “help meet the needs of American society in the areas of youth and scientific education.” It supports STEM, environmental learning, literacy and job training programs.  

The foundation does not have a dedicated K-12 program preferring a broad approach to K-12 grantmaking. Past grantees of the American Honda Foundation include the Marysville Early College STEM High School in Ohio and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The foundation also sponsors a yearly program, the NASA/Onizuka Space Science Day, which presents interactive astronomy, physics and chemistry programs to students in grades 5-12 in Los Angeles.

The American Honda Foundation maintains an open online application process for its grants, which range from $20,000 to $75,000. It awards more than 25 grants each year to nonprofit organizations and public and private schools and school districts in the United States.

The application process begins with the foundation’s online eligibility quiz. The foundation’s website provides answers to frequently asked questions and will answer additional questions via email.


Kim Smalley, President