General Motors Foundation: Grants for College STEM

OVERVIEW: The foundation’s STEM grantmaking predominately supports students from the third to 12th grades and college students.

IP TAKE: This funder’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 advancing STEM education program supports organizations increasing the number of students pursuing STEM careers. The program emphasizes supporting underrepresented minorities, growing the number of students earning a STEM degree that “matches market needs,” and increasing the number of teachers qualified to teach in STEM-related subjects.

The GM Foundation awards STEM-related grants to organizations around the world. It 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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