GM Detroit Grants

General Motors

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Wayne County, Michigan

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



General Motors is committed to fostering smart, safe and sustainable communities around the world. Our social investments promote economic growth through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, vehicle and road safety and community vitality.

Corporate Grantmaking Guidelines


Smart, safe and sustainable communities around the world


To promote social impact through investments in STEM education, vehicle and road safety and sustainable communities

Guiding Principles

  • Support for recognized national, regional and local charities that deliver innovative programming and/or community outreach initiatives
  • Seek out broad, strategic partnership opportunities directed toward our giving focus areas
  • Work to leverage our commitment to empower underserved communities across the United States

Key Criteria 


Complex, long-standing problems require creative, multi-disciplinary approaches that are often beyond the capacity of a single organization. GM is most interested in supporting organizations with a track record of collaboration and collaborative groups of agencies working together to address significant community needs.

Financial and Programmatic Capacity:

Successful applicants will show evidence that they are stable, have a solid financial and program management team, a strong balance sheet and program plans that give GM confidence that their work will be sustained beyond the initial investment.


Successful applicants will have strong board and executive leadership that is representative of their communities; collaborative and knowledgeable about the community and the field in which they operate.

Measurable Results:

GM places a high priority on organizations that can clearly articulate organizational goals, present a clear plan for achieving results and track outcomes and impact on the people and communities served.

Detroit Focus Area

As home to our global headquarters, Detroit holds unique meaning to General Motors. We are proud to give time and funding to support initiatives to help make the Motor City an attractive place to live, work and play. Our hometown grant funding is primary focused on education, sustainable employment, neighborhood revitalization and increased access to arts and cultural institutions.

How we invest in Detroit

Here’s an overview of how our Detroit funding is distributed.

  • 28% - Increase in 3rd grade literacy
  • 30% - Increase in high school graduates
  • 6% - Increase in visitors, businesses & homeowners
  • 32% - Increase in employable workforce

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


  • Each request for a charitable contribution must satisfy the following criteria:
    • A 501(c)(3) U.S.-based, non-governmental organization(NGO)
    • A logic model that supports our desired social outcomes (required for grant 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


  • GM reserves the right to determine whether any organization is ineligible. 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
    • 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
    • Direct religious activities
    • 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