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  
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     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, 2017.  As we move to develop new opportunities, we have included a grace period to  continue to consider applications for education and environmental stewardship programs for youth.  This grace period will end in 2017 and not be extended.  Applications for education and environment will not be accepted past the August 31, 2017 deadline.  Please read the guidelines carefully and contact the Foundation with any questions

Due to the high volume of proposals received, we cannot consider any exceptions to the posted guidelines.


New Funding Focus as of January 1, 2017:

Subaru of America Foundation, Inc. seeks 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

·         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

What this does not include:

  • Career exploration for students in high school
  • Career exploration for youth attending or entering college


Grace Period for Educational and Environmental Programs:

SOA Foundation will still consider applications under our previous funding focus, as stated below only through the August 31, 2017 application deadline. This grace period will end at that time and will not be extended.    Please note that we can only accept one proposal from an organization within a 12 month period so this grace period may impact recent grantees.

We will consider partnerships that support the following:

·         Benefit youth through grade 12 AND AT LEAST ONE OF THE PROGRAM AREAS BELOW.

·         Programs that enhance the academic learning experience of youth including but not limited to STEAM and diversity initiatives.

·         Programs that encourage environmental stewardship  


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    Veterans, 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.


Funding cycle Applications Due Grant Receipt
Spring funding cycle March 10 June/July
Fall funding cycle August 31 December

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 education/environmental stewardship.  Be sure to select the appropriate application.  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