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Applying for a Grant

Special Notice

The American Honda Foundation is not accepting applications at this time. Please check back in September 2021 for updates. In the interim, we wish you much success in your search for funding support.

Frequently Asked Questions


More than $41 million have been awarded to organizations serving over 118 million people in every state in the U.S.

American Honda Foundation (AHF) was established by American Honda Motor Co., Inc., to commemorate its 25th anniversary in the United States and to show its appreciation of America's support through the years. It is the aim at Honda that in every community in which it does business society will want Honda to exist.

Mission Statement

Help meet the needs of American society in the areas of youth and scientific education by awarding grants to nonprofits, while strategically assisting communities in deriving long-term benefits.


The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. We support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. When considering the American Honda Foundation as a potential funding source, please note the following:

Eligible Organizations

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) are eligible for funding.

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 audited financial statements, it may submit two years of financial statements accompanied by an independent CPA's review report instead.

Geographic Scope


Funding Priority

Youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.

Other Important Information

Organizations may only submit one request in a 12-month period. This includes colleges and universities with several departments/outreach programs.

  • • The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period.
  • • Proposals must be submitted online. No paper or faxed applications will be accepted.

To determine if your program/project meets the qualifications for consideration, take the Eligibility Quiz and begin the online application process.

Support materials such as annual reports, pamphlets/brochures, newsletters, articles, and DVDs should be mailed to the following address:

American Honda Foundation
1919 Torrance Blvd.
Mailstop: 100-1W-5A
Torrance, CA 90501

New Grant-Making Schedule

The American Honda Foundation (AHF) accepts applications three times per year. New organizations (those that have never received funding from AHF) can apply for either the February 1 or 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). The full grant-making schedule is as follows:

See above for explanation on "new" vs. "returning" organizations

Deadline for Submission*

Anticipated Board Review

Anticipated Grants Awarded

New Organizations

February 1


May 1

Returning Organizations

May 1


August 1

New Organizations

August 1


November 1

*Should the deadline for submission of applications fall on a weekend (Saturday or Sunday), the deadline will be extended to the following Monday.