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[HISTORICAL] American Honda Foundation

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    Funder Type

    Corporate Foundation

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    American Honda Foundation


    The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. The American Honda Foundation supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment, job training and literacy. The Foundation's aim is to seek out those programs and organizations with a well-defined sense of purpose, demonstrated commitment to making the best use of available resources and a reputation for accomplishing their objectives. In addition, programs should be:

    • Innovative and creative that propose untried methods which ultimately may result in providing solutions to the complex educational concerns currently facing the American society.
    • Broad in scope, intent, impact and outreach.
    • Possess a high potential for success with a relatively low incidence of duplication of effort (i.e. other organizations administering the same programs).
    • Dedicated to improving the human condition of all mankind.
    • Operate from a position of financial and administrative soundness.
    • In urgent need of funding from a priority basis (not necessarily financial need); i.e., the relative importance of the program or project to the public.

    Areas of priority to the American Honda Foundation are Youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.


    History of Funding

    More than $41 million have been awarded to organizations serving over 118 million people in every state in the U.S.

    Additional Information

    The following are a few types of organizations and focus areas which are not considered for grants:

    • Types of organizations:
      • Individuals and/or individual scholarships.
      • Private foundations.
      • Organizations operating for profit or loans for small businesses.
      • Veterans' or fraternal organizations.
      • Labor groups.
    • Focus Areas:
      • ?The arts unless it is integrated with the sciences: science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).
      • Health and welfare issues.
      • Medical and/or educational research.
      • Programs outside the United States.
      • Direct support of churches, religious groups or sectarian organizations.
      • Any sponsorship, for- or non-profit including Annual fund drives; fund-raising dinners; advertising in charitable publications; or any other type of fund raising event or activity.
      • Capital campaigns.
      • Youth recreational activities/playground equipment.
      • Propaganda statements (i.e., ballot initiatives, recalls, etc.); attempts to influence legislation; or political organizations, programs, campaigns or candidates running for public office.
      • Gifts or donations of any Honda products.



  • Eligibility Details

    The following organizations are eligible to apply:

    • Nonprofit charitable organizations classified as a 501(c) (3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service;
    • A public school district, private/public elementary and secondary schools as listed by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

    To be considered for funding, organizations MUST have two years of audited financial statements examined by an independent CPA for the purpose of expressing an opinion if gross revenue is $500,000 or more. If gross revenue is less than $500,000, and the organization does not have audited financial statements, it may submit two years of financial statements accompanied by an independent CPA's review report instead.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are accepted three times per year. Similar timelines may be assumed annually.

    • Applications from New Organizations (those that have never received funding from AHF) are to be submitted by February 1 and August 1, annually.
    • Applications from Returning Organizations (those funded at least once in the last 10 years) are to be submitted by May 1, annually.

    Award Details

    The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period. The average award is $45,000. An average of 27 grants are awarded each year. The foundation estimates that it accepts between 8% and 10% of applicants for an award.

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