Car Maker Underwrites Community Projects, Nonprofits

American-Honda-FoundationPrivate Funder: American Honda Foundation (AHF); Opportunity: Foundation grants; Funding Focus: Youth education and scientific education; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Educational institutions, including K-12, college and universities, community colleges and trade schools are eligible, as well as nonprofit organizations and other foundations; Funding: Awards range from 20,000 to $75,000 each (AHF provided $1.7 million in grants last year); Deadlines: Aug. 1 & Nov. 1.

Summary: These grants fund efforts in youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training, and literacy. Organizations may submit only one request during a 12-month period. Honda supports a broad range of youth-centered efforts.

For example, the foundation awarded a $59,000 grant to the South Caroline Charleston Animal Society ( for Shadowing at the Shelter: A Veterinary Science Experience-Education Initiative, to introduce youth, grades 9-12, to the role of the veterinarian. The foundation also awarded a $60,000 grant to Classroom Central, Charlotte, NC, for Classroom Central STEM Initiative, which enables low-income students to succeed academically. A list of past grantees can be found at:; the program website is at:  

Info: AHF, PO Box 2205, Torrance, CA 90509-2205, 310/781-4090 or

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Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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