GM STEM Education Grants

General Motors

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Sep 30, 2018 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Argentina; Australia; Austria; Brazil; Canada Expand all

Location of residency: Argentina; Australia; Austria; Brazil; Canada Expand all

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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.

Since 1976, the General Motors Foundation has donated nearly $1 billion to U.S. charities, educational organizations and disaster relief efforts worldwide. In 2016, the company began transitioning from a U.S.-focused, foundation-based giving model to a global social impact strategy to promote economic growth around the world. This strategy will advance STEM education, improve vehicle and road safety and build sustainable communities, with a special focus where GM has business units and employee presence around the world.

STEM Education Focus Area

Advancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) globally is a critical focus area for General Motors. We are committed to accelerating support for STEM education through initiatives that create opportunities for high-quality and relevant learning, both inside and outside the classroom. With a strategic focus on STEM education, GM's goal is to facilitate the development of a qualified and diverse STEM workforce, encourage presence, achievement and persistence in STEM education and careers and support greater participation of underrepresented population groups.

The long-term vision is to use STEM education as a springboard to increase the number of students with employable labor skills for careers in STEM.

Social Outcomes

  • Increase the number of students who earn a degree in STEM that matches market needs.
  • Increase the presence, achievement and persistence for underrepresented minorities in STEM fields
  • Increase the supply of qualified teachers, for teacher training in STEM-related subjects

Target Audience

Students (third-12th grade, college) with a special emphasis on women and minorities

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.
  • General Motors focuses is philanthropic efforts in communities with major GM business units and employee presence around the world.
  • To be successful, all grant requests must clearly align with GM’s STEM Education focus area and its defined social outcomes.


  • General Motors does not make grants to individuals, private foundations or religious organizations.
  • 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
    • 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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