Grant Guidelines

Welcome. Thank you for your interest in the Mazda Foundation (USA), Inc. 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 by email.

Please note, in an effort to streamline the application process, the Mazda 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; Jacksonville, FL; 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 only accepts applications from May 1 through July 1.

Please email your final application to:

Guidelines – The Mazda Foundation generally 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
  • October: Mazda Foundation Steering Committee meeting
  • November-December: Mazda Foundation Board of Trustees vote on new grant awards
  • December-January: Applicants selected for a Mazda Foundation grant will be notified via email*

* Only organizations that have been approved for funding will be notified.

Note: Each year, the Foundation receives hundreds of grant applications. 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.


Organizations that have submitted an application that is of interest to the Mazda Foundation may be required to submit a formal proposal. Based on the application, the Mazda Foundation reserves the right to request an applicant provide further documentation and/or request an interview with the applicant. Applicants contacted for an interview may be asked to submit the following documentation in support of their application:

  • 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 and/or Board of Directors
  • List of major contributors


While we would love to give grants to everyone, 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. Grants provided by the Mazda Foundation are based on the sole and absolute discretion of the Foundation and will be based on which applicants’ mission and goals are best aligned with the mission and goals of the Mazda Foundation.

We sincerely appreciate all the good work you’re doing. Good luck to all our applicants!