Charles Stewart Mott Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation supports community development through four programs: civil society, education, the environment and community development in Flint, Michigan. Its education program aims to support afterschool activities, high school completion and youth engagement.

IP TAKE: The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation’s education program supports afterschool programs, high school completion initiatives and youth engagement in the U.S., with an emphasis on low-income and underserved populations.

PROFILE: The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation was founded in 1926 by Charles Stewart Mott, an engineer, entrepreneur and early director of the General Motors Company. Headquartered in Flint, Michigan, the foundation has offices in Troy, Michigan; London, England and Johannesburg, South Africa and works globally to help “local organizations to improve communities on every continent.” This foundation has five funding initiatives: civil society, education, the environment and problem solving and community development for the greater Flint, Michigan area.

The Mott Foundation runs four separate funding programs through its education initiative. Advancing Afterschool seeks to increase access to quality educational and extracurricular activities for students from low-income families or underserved communities. In this vein, the foundation has supported the Spartan Explorers program in Emporia, Kansas, which offers hands on experience and community service credits to juvenile offenders between the ages of 14 and 16. One grantee, Metro Flint YouthBuild, helps young people between the ages of 16 and 24 attain GEDs while learning construction trades and rehabilitating local affordable housing. The foundation’s newest education initiative is Youth Engagement, which aims to foster community service and entrepreneurism in K-12 students. Mott’s education program also runs a Special Initiatives funding line which for projects that are deemed worthwhile but do not fall into one of the foundation’s existing programs.  

While the Charles Steward Mott Foundation operates globally, funding for education is limited to the United States. Education grants to organizations of all sizes range from $35,000 to $1.9 million, with the majority ranging from $100,000 and $400,000. A grants database is available on the foundation website.

This foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry via mail or through its online inquiry form but warns applicants that funding for unsolicited proposals is very limited. 


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Office of Proposal Entry

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Mott Foundation Building

503 S. Saginaw St., Suite 1200

Flint, MI 48502-1851