In the 2015 grant year, the Nissan Foundation reviewed 87 proposals from nonprofit organizations located in Southern California, North Central Texas, Middle Tennessee, Central Mississippi, Eastern Michigan, and the New York and Atlanta Metro areas. From that number, the Foundation awarded $730,000 to 30 nonprofits.
Examples of grants awarded include:
- $10,000 to the Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project in Oxnard, Calif., to support the Tequio Speaker Series, which shares stories about the indigenous immigrant farmworker experience;
- $15,000 to The Community House in Birmingham, Mich., to fund its Race Relations and Diversity Task Force;
- $30,000 to the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition to support programs focused on the need for constructive dialogue on immigration topics; and
- $10,000 to One To World’s Global Classroom program, which brings the people, countries, culture and important issues of the world to life for K-12 students.
Valuing diversity is important to Nissan, which has the most diverse consumer base of any automaker: 38% of Nissan’s U.S. customers are ethnically diverse, says the company.
The Nissan Foundation is now accepting Letters of Intent (LOI) for nonprofits seeking funding during its 2016 grant cycle.
LOIs must be submitted before the close of business on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. Projects should demonstrate creative, replicable solutions and establish clear methodology for measuring results. To be eligible to apply, the nonprofit must have been in existence for more than three years.
The next Nissan Foundation grants will be awarded in July 2016. The Foundation application process is conducted electronically to eliminate paper waste and align with Nissan’s global mission to support a greener environment, says the company.
To date, the Nissan Foundation says it has contributed more than $8 million to nonprofit organizations in the U.S.
The Nissan Foundation is part of Nissan North America’s commitment to “enrich people’s lives” by helping to meet the needs of communities throughout the United States through philanthropic investments, corporate outreach sponsorships, in-kind donations and other charitable contributions.