Nissan community initiatives

Community and Philanthropy

"Enriching people's lives" – this is the global vision of Nissan and all of its operating companies across the world. Nissan supports its vision by offering customers unparalleled products and services and by improving the quality of life in the communities where it operates. Learn more about Nissan’s latest efforts by visiting Nissan Philanthropy.

Nissan Foundation grants are awarded annually to support organizations educating our world on the benefits of a more diverse and inclusive society. The next grants cycle starts June 2022.

Nissan Neighbors accepts grant applications throughout the year for projects that are community-led initiatives working in three focus areas: education, the environment, and humanitarian aid.

The Nissan Foundation: 30 years of support

Nissan Foundation video

The mission of the Nissan Foundation – to build community by valuing culture diversity - is as relevant today as it was in 1992, when it was founded. Formed in response to the civil unrest that occurred near Nissan North America’s then U.S. sales operations in Southern California following the Rodney King trial verdict, the Nissan Foundation has annually awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to nonprofit organizations that support the Foundation’s mission.

30 Years

150+ nonprofits supported

8 communities

$13+ million in donations

Map of Nissan grant recipients

Nissan Foundation grant recipients

For the 2021 grant cycle, the Nissan Foundation initially reviewed 145 letters of intent and 36 proposals from nonprofits in seven U.S. states where Nissan has an operational presence. The 2021 grantees and the projects that were funded in each state in the last grant cycle across the country are listed below.

Nissan Foundation Requirements

Letters of Intent for the 2022 grant cycle are no longer being accepted. Nissan Foundation grants are awarded annually; the next grants will be awarded in June 2022.

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How to apply

All organizations applying for grants through the Nissan Foundation must meet the following requirements:
Have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status
Demonstrate experience with populations served
Have been in existence for more than three years
Serve communities surrounding Nissan's affiliate locations:

  • Southern California
  • Middle Tennessee
  • Central Mississippi
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth
  • Detroit
  • New York
  • Atlanta

In addition, all projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Reflect the mission and core values of the Foundation
  • Demonstrate creative and replicable solutions
    Establish clear methodology for measuring results

The 2023 Nissan Foundation grant cycle will open in fall 2022 – please stay tuned.

Small gifts, big differences

Nissan Neighbors

Nissan Neighbors is a community-focused initiative dedicated to improving communities through charitable contributions and in-kind donations to nonprofit organizations working in three focus areas: education, the environment and humanitarian aid.

Nissan Neighbors Requirements

Nissan Neighbors Program is dedicated to improving communities year-round. Applications for the Nissan Neighbors grant are always open.

Nissan Neighbors accepts grant applications throughout the year. In support of a greener environment, the Nissan Neighbors application process is administered online. Hardcopy and paper applications are not accepted.

To apply for funding, visit the Nissan Neighbors Grant Request and either create a new account or re-apply through an existing one.

Nissan Neighbors logo

How to Apply

All organizations applying for grants through Nissan Neighbors must meet the following requirements:

Have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status
Support project compatible with one of the Nissan Neighbors focus areas
Serve communities surrounding Nissan's affiliate locations:

  • Southern California
  • Middle Tennessee
  • Central Mississippi
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth
  • Detroit