Grant Guidelines

Welcome. Thank you for your interest in the Mazda Foundation. Below you will find all of the guidelines for applying for our grant.

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

Please note, in an effort to streamline the application process, the Foundation only accepts applications from May 1 through July 1 each fiscal year. Grant applications emailed later than July 1st 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 in tune 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, NJ; Chicago, IL; Sugarland, TX; and Jacksonville, FL).

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 - We only accept applications from May 1 through July 1.
Does your organization meet the Foundation's objectives? If so, please complete the downloadable grant application form.
Please email your application to:

Deadlines We only accept applications from May 1 through July 1.

May 1 - July 1: Open period for grant applications submission
July 1: Deadline for receipt of applications *
July: Progress reports and new grant proposals due for current Mazda Foundation programs
October: Mazda Foundation Steering Committee meeting
November: Mazda Foundation Board of Trustees vote on new grant partnerships
December: Final announcements mailed *
* This applies only to new organizations applying for a grant.
* Only organizations that have been approved for funding will be notified.

Applications are reviewed in August.

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