GM Detroit Grants

General Motors

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Sep 30, 2018 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Wayne County, Michigan

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: GM will accept requests for grant funding now through the deadline above. Any organization interested in applying for funding must first complete an Eligibility Quiz, followed by a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and finally, a full proposal, upon invitation. General Motors does not have deadlines and LOIs are reviewed as they are received. The time required for this review process can vary depending on the volume of proposals under consideration. Generally, we will make every effort to acknowledge all LOIs within 30 days.

General Motors is committed to fostering smart, safe and sustainable communities around the world. In addition to Hometown Giving in Detroit, GM directs its philanthropic resources through three strategic focus areas: STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Education, Vehicle and Road Safety and Sustainable Communities. By investing in each of these areas, GM seeks to provide grantees and partners with the tools and resources to push for meaningful change and find transformative solutions to make progress towards shared outcomes.

GM focuses its philanthropic efforts in communities with major GM business units and employee presence and is guided by the following principles:

  • Support for recognized local, national, regional and global charities who provide unique programming and/or community outreach initiatives
  • Seek out broad strategic partnership opportunities directed toward our giving focus areas
  • Work to leverage our commitment to empowering underserved GM communities around the world

Hometown Giving Focus Area

General Motors is a global organization with a worldwide marketplace, but we are proud to call Detroit, Michigan our headquarter hometown. GM supports organizations that enhance the quality of life through education, neighborhood revitalization and cultural enrichment. We aim to drive sustainable change throughout the Detroit community by supporting organizations that help to enhance education, stabilize neighborhoods, and attract and retain residents, businesses and visitors to the city.

Priority is given to programs that focus on the following objectives:

  • Education with a special emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
  • Community development initiatives that provide services and promote economic growth in targeted low-and moderate-income neighborhoods
  • Cultural enrichment programs benefitting the community
  • Volunteer opportunities for GM employees

Social Outcomes

  • Increase the percentage of high school graduates
  • Increase the number of students with third grade literacy proficiency
  • Increase the number of visitors, businesses and homeowners
  • Increase the number of neighborhoods that sustain growth and prosper

Target Audience

Poorest citizens & neighborhoods within the city

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Each request for a charitable contribution must satisfy the following criteria:
    • 501(c)(3) U.S.-based organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and non-U.S. based organizations who have proof of a nonprofit designation
    • A logic model that supports our desired social outcomes (grants requests of $25K and above)
    • A strategy to accomplish its mission, operate programs that produce positive outcomes and learn from results
    • An appropriate level of cash reserves to sustain the organization
  • To be successful, all grant requests must clearly align with GM’s Hometown Giving focus area and its defined social outcomes. 


  • Funds are not available for the following organizations or purposes:
    • Organizations that discriminate in the provision of services unlawfully or in a manner inconsistent with GM’s policies on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression
    • Individual requests, such as personal scholarships and vehicle donations
    • Direct religious activities
    • Political candidates, campaigns or organizations
    • Hospitals and medical-related facilities
    • Sports and racing teams
    • Athletic endeavors or scholarships designated for athletes
    • Awards, alumni or other recognition events unless part of a fundraising event that satisfies all other applicable requirements
    • Private clubs, memberships, fraternities or sororities
    • Private, individual or self-named foundations
    • Foundations for building endowment
    • A purpose that gives the appearance of impropriety (for example, to obtain or retain business, cause a government official to take action or inaction in an official capacity, or thank the official for any action/inaction)
    • An illegal or unethical motive

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