Subaru of America Foundation

Overview and Impact

The Subaru of America Foundation was established in 1984 with the goal of supporting the communities where we live and work. Today, we are proud to say that we have not stopped pursuing this goal and have awarded over $9 million through grants, scholarships and matching employee gifts to various programs. With a focus on children and young adults, we believe that together we can help build the next generation of leaders.

Over the last year, the Subaru of America Foundation has awarded over $1.2 million to more than 80 organizations around the nation. With a focus on education, work readiness and employment training, we pride ourselves in investing in organizations that are making visible differences in the communities they serve. This focus on corporate responsibility is an integral part of our Love Promise.


Subaru believes in giving everyone the opportunity to live a healthy, happy life and are privileged to give back to our communities. In 2018, Subaru participated in 165 volunteer events, totaling more than 7,400 hours with 120 organizations.


The Subaru of America Foundation aims to support the work of organizations that are empowering the growth and development of children and young adults through career exploration with relevance to job readiness and job skills training.

Apply for a Grant

Our geographic focus continues to be in the communities we call home. Due to the volume of applications, we cannot consider requests outside of the locations below.

Map of continental United States highlighting the communities where grants are considered

Begin the application process by clicking the appropriate application below. There are two applications, one for youth career exploration and one for employment skills training.

Career Exploration

  • Middle-to-high-school-aged youth in under-served communities
  • Opportunities for real world hands-on exploration
  • Exposure to hard and soft skills needed in today’s workforce
  • Activities must have relevance to work readiness

Employment Skills Training

  • 16-26-year-olds in underserved communities
  • Hard and soft skills training needed to (re)connect to employment pathways
  • Assist in obtaining industry-appropriate certifications required for employment
  • Create and nurture partnerships for internships and permanent employment


Please note:

  • The applications are hosted by Blackbaud. You may sign in with an existing account or create a new account once you click the application link.
  • Please make sure your sign-in and password are able to be shared and accessed by appropriate members of your team. Think about what would happen to a pending or awarded application if the preparer left your organization.
  • For full functionality, open the applications in one of the following browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari.


Important dates:

March 30 and October 12 — Application Deadlines
*Please note that the March 30, 2020 deadline has been extended to June 30, 2020.
September and February — Grant Award Announcements

Frequently Asked Questions

I have applied for a grant. What now?

All requests are reviewed by the Foundation manager and those that fit the guidelines are then considered by our contributions committee. This is a competitive process, and submission of a proposal does not guarantee receipt of a grant. The grant process takes approximately five to six months to complete.

I am having difficulty accessing the application. Help!

Applications will be available about two months prior to the stated deadline, and will be taken offline the day after the deadline dates. Applications started but not submitted will no longer be available once the application is taken offline.

Can I apply for a grant in each grant cycle?

No. Only one application per organization can be considered in a 12-month period. Also, organizations that have received three consecutive grants must take a one-year break in funding.

I am taken to the Blackbaud site when I click the application link. Is this correct?

Yes. Blackbaud hosts the application site, and you can create a free account. When creating a new account, please make sure your sign-in and password are able to be shared and accessed by appropriate members of your team. Think about what would happen to a pending or awarded application if the preparer leaves your organization.

Why are the form fields not functional in the application?

Be sure to check that you are accessing the application via Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari. The applications are not fully functional in Chrome or Edge.

What are the application deadlines and grant announcement dates?

There are two funding cycles annually with application deadlines of March 30 and October 12. The applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on the due date. Awards will be announced in September and February, respectively.

Do you consider grants to locations outside of your geographic focus?

Due to the volume of proposals received for each cycle, we cannot consider grants in locations outside of those specifically noted in the section Where We Fund.

I am a Subaru Share the Love Hometown Charity, partnering with one of your retailers. Am I eligible to apply also for a Subaru of America Foundation grant?

Unfortunately, no. Current Hometown Charity partners and retailer Love Promise partners are not eligible for Foundation grants.

What organizations or programs are not eligible for grants?

  • Individuals
  • Fraternal and labor organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Direct support of churches, religious, or sectarian groups
  • Schools including individual public, private, renaissance, charter, and school districts
  • Social, membership, or other groups that serve the special interests of their constituency
  • Capital campaigns
  • Political organizations, campaigns, or candidates running for public office
  • Organizations and programs that benefit those outside the United States
  • Vehicle donations
  • Current Share the Love or Hometown Charity partners.
  • Organizations that discriminate based on age, gender, race, national origin, ethnicity, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military status, or political affiliation.

Do you fund global organizations?

No, we only consider organizations and programs that are in and benefit those in the United States.

Contact Information

Foundation Manager
Subaru of America Foundation, Inc.
One Subaru Drive
Camden, NJ 08103