Toyota USA Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Toyota USA Foundation only supports mathematics, science and environmental science education in the United States. 

IP TAKE: The Toyota USA Foundation supports mathematics and science education, prioritizing the environment, conservation and diverse populations in the United States. This funder accepts applications on an ongoing basis through its online portal.

PROFILE: Established in 1987, the Toyota USA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of its corporate sister Toyota Motor Sales USA. It is a separate entity but run in conjunction with Toyota USA's corporate giving program. Based in Plano, Texas, the foundation "supports K-12 education programs with a focus on math, science and environmental science," prioritizing organizations that serve diverse populations.

The Toyota USA Foundation does not articulate specific initiatives beyond its commitment to K-12 science and math programs and diverse educational communities. The foundation has supported the Nature Conservancy's Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program, which aims to establish a network of high schools dedicated to environmental sciences and training for careers in the field of conservation. Toyota has also supported South Dakota's Red Could Indian School in its effort to update and enhance science curricula. Another grantee, San Francisco's Breakthrough Collaborative, guides and supports underserved students and their teachers as they navigate rigorous math and science courses in 8th through 12th grades. 

Toyota USA Foundation grants are available to organizations operating in all 50 states. Grants range from $129,000 to over $3 million, with a mean grant size of about $300,000. A list of recent grantees and application guidelines are posted on the Toyota USA's corporate website.

This foundation accepts applications for funding on an ongoing basis through its online application portal.

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