Foundation / Corporation
American Honda Foundation (AHF)
Grants ranging from $20,000 to $75,000 to USA nonprofits, public school districts, and private and public elementary and secondary schools for children's and youth education programs, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the environment, job training, and literacy.
For the purposes of these grants, youth includes those who are pre-natal through twenty-one years of age.
The Foundation seeks programs and organizations with a well-defined sense of purpose, demonstrated a 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.
GrantWatch ID#: 170809
The number of grants awarded annually is based on the yearly Foundation budget. For reference, over the course of the past five years, the Foundation has awarded an average of 27 grants annually.
The grant range is $20,000 to $75,000. The average size of AHF's grants is $45,000.
The grant period is for a one-year period.
Nonprofit charitable organizations classified as a 501(c) (3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service, or 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 audits, it may submit two years of financial statements accompanied by an independent CPA's review report instead.
Please note, a maximum of 12% is allowed for indirect costs.
The following types of organizations are not supported:
- Individuals and/or individual scholarships.
- Private foundations.
- Organizations operating for profit or loans for small businesses.
- Veterans' or fraternal organizations.
- Labor groups.
The following focus areas are not supported:
- 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 sponsorships, for- or non-profit including Annual fund drives; fund-raising dinners; advertising in charitable publications; or any other type of fundraising 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.
New organizations (those that have never received funding from AHF) can apply for either the February 1 or the August 1 deadline date. The May 1 deadline date is reserved for returning organizations only (those funded at least once in the last 10 years).
- New Organization Deadline for Submission - February 1, with Board Review in April and grants awarded by May 1.
- Returning Organization Deadline for Submission - May 1, with Board Review in July and grants awarded by August 1.
- New Organization Deadline for Submission - August 1, with Board Review in October and grants awarded by November 1.
If the deadline for submission of applications fall on a weekend (Saturday or Sunday), the deadline will be extended to the following Monday.
Please note: Organizations may only submit one request in a 12-month period. This includes colleges and universities with several departments/outreach programs.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To determine if your program/project meets the qualifications for consideration, take the Eligibility Quiz and begin the online application process:
Support materials should be mailed to the following address:
American Honda Foundation
1919 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90501
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