Grant Guidelines & Applications

TOYOTA USA FOUNDATION
Overview and Mission Statement

Since its founding in 1987, the Toyota USA Foundation has awarded more than $52 million to non-profit organizations in the United States.

The Foundation is committed to enhancing the quality of education by supporting innovative programs and building partnerships with organizations dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

Guidelines

We receive over 225 grant applications per cycle, and fund a limited number of grantees (generally 6%-9% of the number of received applications) who best meet our funding priorities and stand out in the pool of applications. In order to be considered for a grant, all interested candidates MUST follow our described process and start by filling out an online application and follow the listed process. We do not accept applications via email, fax, mail or in-person. Should you have an internal referral, please specify it in the online application.

In order to be eligible, organizations must be classified as a 501(c) (3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service, be both located within the United States and have a national scope. Additionally, programs requesting funding must focus on education specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Effective July 1, 2014, there are new guidelines for organizations that have received a Toyota grant. The Foundation will not consider an organization for the same or new program until two years following the completion of the previously funded program.  

 Selection Process

Note: An online application provides us a brief snapshot of the program whereas the full proposal requires more extensive information on the program. 

As part of the selection process, every online application is thoroughly reviewed, and a request for proposal is sent out to a shortlist of the most outstanding applications. The pool of proposals then undergoes a second, thorough review until a final decision is made by the Board of Directors of the Foundation on the exceptional proposals to include in the final shortlist. In order to select the best candidates from the pool of applications, the Foundation considers the following criteria:

  • Significance of need/problem
  • Program’s potential for long-term success and sustainability
  • Program’s resourcefulness
  • Scale of project within the community or geographic region
  • Innovation and creativity of the program 
  • Program’s ability to measure results
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Diversity, inclusion and financial soundness

 

Below are some examples of programs we have funded:

The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY), Los Angeles, Baltimore and New York

Award Amount: $750,500 over three years
Program Description: Expands opportunities for entry into STEM fields for academically talented, low-income, underrepresented minority students.

Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota 

Award Amount: $210,000 over three years
Program Description: Enhances the science education of Lakota students to help them compete and succeed in scientific fields.

Washington National Youth Baseball Academy, Washington DC 

Award Amount: $300,000 over one year
Program Description: Support and enhance the collaboration between the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy and Higher Achievement Academy for the purpose of providing year-round youth-development and academic enrichment program focused on STEM for at-risk youth from Washington, D.C.

West Point Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM, West Point, NY 

Award Amount: $270,000 over two years
Program Description: Focuses on attracting and retaining STEM talent for West Point, the Army and the nation.
Declines

If you do not receive a grant after applying we hope you understand that our decision is not a reflection on the merit of your program. Every year we receive numerous grant requests for funding from deserving organizations. Unfortunately, we received many more grant requests than we have the capacity to support and we must pick the most outstanding applications from that particular pool of candidates. Due to the number of requests, should you be declined, we are unable to provide specific reasons/comments. You are welcome to re-apply and be considered in the next funding pool.  

Other Important Information

 

Disclaimer: Please note these are approximate dates; we are not able to provide exact dates as they depend on the volume of applications received. We encourage you to apply early on in the cycle to ensure you application is considered for that particular period.

The Foundation will not:

 

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