OVERVIEW: The American Honda Foundation’s grantmaking funds STEM, environmental education, job training, and literacy in local and regional community programs that benefit youth.
IP TAKE: This foundation prioritizes STEM education with many opportunities for newcomers and diverse programs. They particularly like innovative programs that happen outside the classroom.
PROFILE: The American Honda Foundation is the philanthropic branch of the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. The foundation seeks to “help meet the needs of American society in the areas of youth and scientific education by awarding grants to nonprofits, while strategically assisting communities in deriving long-term benefits.” The foundation’s only grantmaking program is for youth and scientific education.
Honda has some self-imposed caps that open up a lot of opportunities for new grantees. First, grants have a strict range of $20,000 to $75,000 and only last for one year. According to the foundation, the average grant size is around $45,000. Organizations can only apply once a year, and Honda appears to only give repeat grants for a few years at the most.
The list of past grantees is relatively diverse, and there are a handful of awards for teacher development or boosting curriculum in the classroom. However, Honda seems to prioritize creative, outside-the-classroom programs for young people. It particularly funds low-income and underserved populations, including projects that provide inspiration and direct-training for science-related careers. Past award recipients have worked on projects such as after-school and summer programs, youth centers, college prep programs, mentorships, and project-based learning initiatives, among many others.
Applications for an American Honda Foundation grant are submitted via an online process and reviewed quarterly with deadlines falling on the first of February, May, and August. Interested organizations can start the process by verifying their eligibility for funding via an online quiz.
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