Subaru of America Foundation

When it makes a big impact, there’s no such thing as a small donation.

We established the Subaru of America Foundation in 1984 to support the communities where we live and work. Since then, more than $9 million has been awarded through grants, scholarships and matching employee gifts. The programs are varied but primarily benefit children and young adults. Together, we can all help to build the next generation of leaders.

Matching Gifts
Matching Gifts

We encourage employees to support causes and organizations that are important to them, and match their contributions on a 1:1 basis up to $2,000 per employee per fiscal year. All 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible excluding direct support of churches, religious, political and fraternal organizations.

Partnership Grants

See the environmental stewardship and youth-based learning programs we’ve supported in our community through our partnership grants.


Grant Recipients    Grant Recipients Forms  
     FY2016 Grant Recipients
     Photo Release Form
     FY2017 Grant Recipients      Grant Evaluation Form
     FY2018 Grant Recipients

Grant FAQ

About Grants and Recipients

The Subaru of America Foundation funding priorities have changed effective January 1, 2018.  Please read the guidelines carefully and contact the Foundation with any questions.  Due to the high volume of proposals we receive, we will not consider any exceptions to the posted guidelines.

Employment training for young adults ages 16-24
We believe that every person should have opportunities and feel empowered to gain the skills to more forward.  Accordingly, Subaru will continue its funding priority of building partnerships with organizations committed to helping un- and low-employed young people become self-sufficient through job training, mentoring, and work experience leading to obtaining and retaining employment. 

We will consider partnerships with established organizations with proven records of success in training and gainful employment strategies that achieve the following:

·         Work with underserved communities and youth ages 16-26

·         Help develop the soft and hard skills necessary to (re)connect to employment pathways, including addressing barriers to success

·         Provide STEAM-based training leading to employment opportunities

·         Provide a support network for mentoring, coaching and counseling as it relates to building employment skills and eliminating barriers to success

·         Assist in obtaining industry-appropriate certifications that may aid in getting employment

·         Create and nurture partnerships for internships and job placement

·         Track employment of participants for at least one year past graduation


Career Exploration for Youth in Grades 7-12 – NEW BEGINNING 2018
Middle and high school students today have a multitude of job opportunities available to them.  Helping them explore job paths and the skills needed at an early age could be key to their future success in the 21st century workforce. Beginning January 2018, Subaru has redefined its educational funding priority to focus on career exploration programs for middle and high school youth.  No other educational programs will be considered.

We will consider working with established organizations that have had success with youth career exploration programs and opportunities that:

  • Work with youth in underserved communities
  • Provide guidance for identifying interests and development of appropriate plans, including support for academic success to support the plans
  • Incorporate opportunities for real world hands-on exploration
  • Address barriers and perceived barriers to success
  • Provide education and guidance on hard and soft skills needed in the workforce
  • Provide a network of mentoring, shadowing and other apprentice opportunities
  • Provide opportunities for family programs
  • Monitor and track progress of participants


Geographic Focus:

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 stated locations:

  • Corporate Headquarters: Camden, NJ; Cherry Hill, NJ; Pennsauken, NJ; Southern NJ but mainly Camden and Burlington Counties, NJ
  • Eastern Region: Florence, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Orlando, FL; Atlanta, GA; Washington, DC; Montgomery, Prince George’s, Frederick, Howard Counties in MD; Fairfax, Loudon, and Prince William Counties in VA
  • Central Region: Itasca, IL; Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; Columbus, OH; Dallas, TX
  • Western Region: Denver, CO; Phoenix, AZ; San Diego, CA; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA

Eligibility and Limitations

Only organizations that are tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code may apply.


o    Individuals

o    Fraternal and labor organizations

o    Government agencies

o    Direct support of churches, religious or sectarian groups

o    Schools including individual public, private, renaissance, charter schools, and school districts

o    Social, membership or other groups that serve the special interests of their constituency

o    Sponsorships of special events, purchase of tables or ads, and athletic campaigns

o    Capital campaigns

o    Political organizations, campaigns or candidates running for public office

o    Organizations and programs that benefit individuals outside the United States

o    Organizations which, in policy or practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of age, gender, race, national origin, ethnicity, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military status or political affiliation.

o    Organizations that are current Subaru Share the Love or Hometown Charities partners

o    Vehicle donations

Grant Process

All requests will be reviewed and considered by our contributions committee. This is a competitive process, and submission of a proposal does not guarantee receipt of a grant. Please note:

·       Average minimum grants are $5,000. Grants in the corporate headquarters location may be higher.

·      Only one funding request per organization will be considered in a 12-month period.  If you received a grant in the latter part of 2016, you are not eligible to apply this cycle.

·      Organizations who have received three consecutive grants must take a one-year break in requesting funding.

·      The application process is via an online portal.  Grant applications with missing information or documentation will not be considered and be declined.

·      Applications will be available about two months prior to the stated deadline, and will be taken offline the day after the deadline date.


Funding cycle Applications Due Grant Receipt
Spring funding cycle March 30 August/September
Fall funding cycle September 30 February/March

Apply for Grants

Begin the application process by clicking the appropriate application below.  There are two applications, one for employment skills training and one for youth career exploration.  Be sure to select the appropriate application.  The links will take you to the Blackbaud sign in page, where you can create a free account. 

When creating a new account, please make sure your sign-in and password is something that can 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.

PLEASE NOTE: For full functionality, you MUST use one of the following browsers:  Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari.  Chrome and Edge are not fully compatible.

EMPLOYMENT Application




Contact Information

Foundation Manager 
Subaru of America Foundation, Inc. 
PO Box 6000
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-6000