(CLOSED) American Honda Foundation

Sponsor Name: 
American Honda Foundation
Description of the Award: 

The mission of American Honda Foundation (AHF) is to 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.

Types of projects are funded

As mentioned earlier, the American Honda Foundation supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment, job training and literacy. Our aim is to seek out those programs and organizations with a well-defined sense of purpose, demonstrated commitment to making the best use of available resources and a reputation for accomplishing their objectives. In addition, programs should be:

  • Innovative and creative that propose untried methods which ultimately may result in providing solutions to the complex educational concerns currently facing the American society.
  • Broad in scope, intent, impact and outreach.
  • Possess a high potential for success with a relatively low incidence of duplication of effort (i.e. other organizations administering the same programs).
  • Dedicated to improving the human condition of all mankind.
  • Operate from a position of financial and administrative soundness.
  • In urgent need of funding from a priority basis (not necessarily financial need); i.e., the relative importance of the program or project to the public.

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.

    • Currently, our range for grants is from $20,000 to $75,000. Applicants requesting less than $20,000 will not be considered for funding and all requests exceeding the maximum amount of $75,000 will automatically be declined. The average size of AHF's grants is $45,000 for a one year funding cycle. The Foundation's funding is awarded on a year to year basis.
Limit (Number of applicants permitted per institution): 
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Feb 01, 2021
OVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Interested applicants should send the following documents in sequence in one PDF file (File name: Last name_HondaFoundation_2020) no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline:

  • Cover Page:

    • Program/Project Title
    • Principal Investigator’s (PI's) names and departmental affiliation
    • Co-PI's names and departmental affiliation(s)
    • A list of possible participating organizations (if applicable)
  • Detailed description of the proposed program including: (4-pages max)

    • an executive summary and the activities planned
    • Plans to recruit or attract participants for this project
    • General, long term goals of proposed program
    • Recognizing that long-term measures may not be completed by the end of the grant period, what are your
      projected short-term, measurable benefits, outcomes or impacts? (These will be used to compare and
      evaluate actual results at the end of the grant period.)
    • What data collection and evaluation procedures do you have in place or plan to utilize?
    • Describe the plans for the growth of this program
  • Detailed Budget or narrative for the requested funds

Formatting Guidelines:

  • Font/size: Times New Roman (11 pt.)
  • Document margins: 0.75” (top, bottom, left and right)
  • Standard paper size (8 ½” x 11)

The Office of Foundation Relations at University Park is available to consult on proposal narrative elements and answer other foundation-related questions. Applicants should please contact Alan Gibson, Assistant Director, Foundation Relations (ajg6181@psu.edu) for additional support.

To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
This limited submission is in downselect: 
Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
OVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Monday, December 14, 2020 - 4:00pm
Daniel Foster (AgSci)