Nissan: Nissan Foundation seeks grantees for 2019

  • Since 1992, the Nissan Foundation has awarded almost $11 million to more than 120 nonprofit organizations that promote understanding and respect among cultural/ethnic groups
  • The Nissan Foundation annually awards grants to nonprofits in California, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Tennessee and Texas
  • Deadline to submit Letters of Intent is Friday, Nov. 16

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nissan Foundation is now accepting Letters of Intent for its 2019 grant cycle. Annually, the Nissan Foundation awards grants to nonprofits who serve communities surrounding Nissan’s affiliate locations in Southern California, Middle Tennessee, Central Mississippi, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Detroit, New York and Atlanta.

“The Nissan Foundation is proud to support organizations that make a real difference within their communities by building respect and greater understanding among people,” said Vicki Smith, executive director, Nissan Foundation. “We are looking for applicants who are active and committed to a world where racial, ethnic and cultural diversity are genuinely valued.”

The mission of the Nissan Foundation – to build community by valuing cultural diversity – is as relevant now as it was in 1992, when it was founded. The Foundation was established in response to the civil unrest that occurred near Nissan’s then U.S. sales and marketing headquarters in Southern California following the Rodney King trial verdict.

In its 26-year history, the Nissan Foundation has awarded almost $11 million to more than 120 nonprofit organizations celebrating cultural diversity through arts, education, and social and public programs.

How to apply
The Nissan Foundation application process is conducted online to eliminate paper waste and align with Nissan’s global mission to support a greener environment. All Letters of Intent must be received by 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on Friday, Nov. 16. Nissan Foundation will announce the 2019 grantees in June 2019.

For more information about the Nissan Foundation and its application process, visit the Nissan Foundation page. 

About Nissan Foundation
Established in 1992, the mission of the Nissan Foundation is to build community through valuing cultural diversity. The Nissan Foundation is part of Nissan North America’s commitment to “enrich people’s lives” by helping to meet the needs of communities throughout the United States through philanthropic investments, corporate outreach sponsorships, in-kind donations and other charitable contributions. More information on Nissan’s community relations activities can be found online at  

About Nissan North America, Inc. 
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at and, or visit the U.S. media sites and


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Media Contacts

Darla Turner
Nissan Corporate Communications


Vicki Smith
Nissan Foundation