Grant Guidelines

Welcome. Thank you for your interest in the Mazda Foundation (USA), Inc. Below you will find guidelines for applying for a grant.

The first step in applying to the Mazda Foundation is to review our grant guidelines. If you feel that your organization is aligned with the Mazda Foundation's mission, please complete and submit the grant application form.

Please note that the Mazda Foundation only accepts applications from May 1 through July 1 each fiscal year. Grant applications submitted later than July 1 will not be reviewed.

Grant Guidelines - Qualifications / Restrictions

Organizations seeking funding should carefully review the Foundation's grant making guidelines to determine if their project is aligned with the Foundation's mission before submitting an application. The Mazda Foundation primarily considers grant applications from organizations located in markets where Mazda has offices (Irvine, CA; Bridgewater, N.J.; Oakbrook Terrace, IL; Houston, TX; and Huntsville, AL).

The Mazda Foundation awards grants to programs promoting:

  • Education and literacy
  • Environmental conservation
  • Cross-cultural understanding
  • Social welfare
  • Scientific research

The Foundation does not support:

  • Individuals
  • Political organizations
  • Religious organizations
  • Fundraising dinners or events
  • Capital building, endowment, or debt reduction drives
  • Organizations without 501(c)(3) designations
  • Requests in foreign countries

Grant Application Process

The Mazda Foundation accepts applications from May 1 through July 1.
Does your organization meet the Foundation's objectives? If so, please complete the grant application form.

Deadlines – The Mazda Foundation only accepts applications from May 1 through July 1. Below is a broad timeline of the grant submission/review/approval process.

  • May 1 - July 1: Open period for grant applications submission
  • July 1: Deadline for receipt of applications *
  • September: Progress reports and new grant proposals due for current Mazda Foundation programs
  • September-October: Mazda Foundation Steering Committee meetings
  • December: Mazda Foundation Board of Trustees vote on new grant partnerships
  • December-January: Final announcements emailed *

* This applies only to new organizations applying for a grant.
* Only organizations that have been approved for funding will be notified.


Organizations that have submitted an application that is of interest to the Mazda Foundation will be required to submit a formal proposal. Based on the information received, a meeting between Mazda Foundation officers and the organization may be scheduled. Only those organizations contacted for a more in-depth discussion should submit the formal proposal outlined below.

The formal proposal should include:

  • Verification of Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
  • Mission statement of the organization
  • Purpose and objectives of the proposed program
  • Detailed outline of the project accompanied by an implementation schedule
  • Proposed budget for the project
  • Plans for evaluating program accomplishments
  • Most recent financial statements
  • Names and affiliations of Trustees of Board of Directors
  • List of major contributors

Final Decision

The Foundation Board of Trustees make their final decisions on grant proposals in November at their annual meeting. Organizations are notified of their status in December/January.

Please do not contact us by phone or by email to ask about the status of your application. Due to the volume of inquiries, we cannot respond individually to requests for status.

We will advise you by email and/or phone if your proposal has been approved. Due to the volume of inquiries, we cannot respond individually to organizations not selected for further consideration.

Please understand that we are unable to fund every program or organization that requests our aid. This is in no way a reflection on the worthiness of your organization or cause.

We sincerely appreciate all the good work you’re doing.