Nissan community initiatives
Volunteers building a wooden frame for Habitat for Humanity project, supported by Nissan.

Nissan Neighbor in the Spotlight: Habitat for Humanity

Since 2005, Nissan has proudly supported, collaborated and partnered with Habitat for Humanity to make homeownership a reality. 

In 2023, we proudly renewed our commitment with a Nissan Neighbors grant award of $1.3 million in support of building projects in Nissan operational communities across the United States. Nissan contributed to housing projects in seven cities, with 770 employees donating 540 hours so their neighbors could achieve the dream of homeownership. Nissan Frontier trucks were donated to Habitat affiliates in San Antonio, Texas; Boston, Mass.; and Siouxland, Iowa. We also participated in the 2023 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work project. This program brought together future homeowners and thousands of volunteers – including Nissan employees – to build 27 new homes in Charlotte, N.C.

So what’s next? That’ll depend on who needs our help, and where we can make the most impact. What’s certain is that, whatever happens, Nissan and Habitat for Humanity will be there together.

Nissan and Habitat for Humanity at a glance:

  • 18 years of partnership
  • 160 donated vehicles, 
  • 112,000+ volunteer hours
  • $21 million+ in contributions
  • 50+ communities impacted
  • 300+ families in new homes

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.

Since 1992, the Nissan Foundation has awarded millions of dollars to 150+ organizations promoting respect and understanding among cultural and ethnic groups. Nissan Foundation grants are awarded annually to support organizations educating our world on the benefits of a more diverse and inclusive society. 

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

The mission of the Nissan Foundation – to build community by valuing cultural 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.




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Nissan Foundation grant recipients

In the 2023 grant cycle, Nissan Foundation proudly awarded grants to 39 nonprofits in seven U.S. states where Nissan has a strong operational presence. See the funded organizations and projects below. For more information on grant awards, the work of Nissan Foundation and Nissan philanthropy, and grantee organizations, please visit Nissan Philanthropy on the Nissan Official U.S. Newsroom.

2023 Grant Recipients

Nissan Foundation Grant Cycle

Every year, Nissan Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations that provide programs designed to explore and celebrate cultural diversity and heritage. Letters of intent are welcome in October. Organizations invited to submit a full proposal are notified in January. Proposals are due in March, and awards are announced in June. Funded projects must be implemented no earlier than July and can run through June of the following year.

The 2024 grant cycle of Nissan Foundation is underway. The window for letters of intent concluded on November 3, 2023. If you submitted a letter of intent for the 2024 cycle, you will hear more information from Nissan Foundation in January 2024. If you have not yet submitted a letter of intent for Nissan Foundation but are interested in doing so, please check back in September 2024 for dates and information on the 2025 grant cycle.

How to Apply

The 2024 grant cycle for Nissan Foundation has closed. Nissan Foundation begins its grant cycle every October, inviting letters of intent from organizations that support Nissan operational communities, align with the Nissan Foundation mission, and are not currently funded by Nissan Foundation (currently funded grantees are automatically invited to submit a full proposal). Nissan Foundation has a specific letter of intent form for prospective grantees. Letters drafted by organizations are not accepted. Please check back in September 2024 for information on the 2025 grant cycle.

Please visit Nissan Philanthropy ( to learn more about current grantees and their impactful work, as well as stories about Nissan’s philanthropic efforts throughout the United States.

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Nissan Foundation Criteria

To be considered for funding by Nissan Foundation, organizations must meet the following requirements:

  • Have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status
  • Have been in existence for more than three years
  • Reflect the mission of Nissan Foundation to build community by valuing cultural diversity
  • Demonstrate intentional design of programming grounded in the importance and benefits of cultural diversity
  • Specify community need(s) addressed and intended outcomes of programming
  • Demonstrate experience with populations served
  • Serve communities where Nissan has a significant operational presence, namely:
    • Southern California
    • Middle Tennessee
    • Central Mississippi
    • Dallas/Ft. Worth
    • Detroit
    • New York City and North Central New Jersey
    • Atlanta

The 2024 Nissan Foundation grant cycle supports projects that will occur between July 1, 2024 and June 30, 2025.

Learn about additional details on funding criteria, including projects not supported by Nissan. 

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.

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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