Michigan Nonprofits Awarded Nissan Grants

July 31st, 2018 by

The Nissan Foundation has chosen the 29 nonprofit organizations to receive the $730 thousand in grants being awarded for 2018 and two organizations in Michigan are on that list. In addition to Michigan, the nonprofit recipients are in Southern California, North Central Texas, Middle Tennessee, Central Mississippi, and the New York and Atlanta metro areas. This is the 26th year Nissan has pledged to donate and maintains a focus on recognizing nonprofits that promote respect among racial and cultural groups.

“The Nissan Foundation has a proud history of recognizing and supporting organizations working to promote the value of racial, ethnic and cultural diversity,” said Nissan Foundation President Scott Becker, who is also senior vice president, Administration, Nissan North America, Inc. “We’re thrilled to once again honor organizations making a real impact in this regard.”

In 1992, Nissan North America formed the Nissan Foundation in response to the civil unrest that occurred near Nissan’s then U.S. headquarters in Southern California following the Rodney King trial verdict. Every year since, the Nissan Foundation has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to organizations that offer educational programs that inform, inspire, and celebrate diversity among the various cultural and ethnic groups that make up society.

“These organizations do extremely important work in our communities,” said Vicki Smith, executive director, Nissan Foundation. “Many grantee organizations are bringing cultural diversity to life in compelling ways, while others focus on the challenges of eliminating prejudice and discrimination. Each organization is making a valuable contribution to building respect and greater understanding among people – not just in their communities, but often on a national level.”

The Nissan Foundation reviewed 101 letters of intent and 39 proposals from nonprofits in seven states where Nissan operates before awarding grants for 2018.

One of the outstanding organizations receiving a grant from the Nissan Foundation this year is the Nashville Public Library Foundation. This is its third Nissan Foundation grant and Library Journal Magazine named it the 2017 Library of the Year for its profound service to the community, creativity, leadership, and innovation in developing community programs. The library started the “Civil Rights and a Civil Society” program as a training experience for law enforcement officials, a platform for discussing complex community dynamics through a historical framework.

The Nashville Public Library will use its 2018 Nissan Foundation grant to support continued expansion of the program. In the past year, the program has expanded to include community organizations, schools, corporate groups, and delegations from other cities.

The Nissan Foundation will accept letters of intent for the 2019 grant cycle starting in October 2018 with a submission deadline of Friday, Oct. 26. Nissan Foundation awards grants annually, and it will award the next grants in June 2019.

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


Below is the complete list of 2018 Grant Recipients:


Autry Museum of the American West, “Voices of Native America” ($15,000)

Connecting Cultures Mobile Museum, “CCMM-in Schools (Mobile Museum)” ($15,000)

Japanese American National Museum, “School Visits Program and Family Festivals” ($30,000)

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, “Root Series” ($10,000)

San Diego Museum of Man, “Continuing to Make San Diego Safe for Human Differences ($10,000)

USC Pacific Asia Museum, “School Programs” ($15,000)

Western Justice Center Foundation, “Compassion Plays in Schools” ($15,000)


Atlanta Historical Society, “Juneteenth Public Program” ($15,000)

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, “Refugee Education and Engagement Project” ($10,000)

Fernbank Inc., “Winter Wonderland: Celebrations and Traditions Around the World ($25,000)


Arab American National Museum, “Global Fridays” ($10,000)

The Community House, “Race Relations & Diversity Task Force ($15,000)


Jobs for Mississippi Graduates, “From Our Classrooms to Our Global, Diverse Society ($50,000)

Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, “The Wright, Baber Pittman Research Library” ($20,000)

New York

Brooklyn Historical Society, “Muslims in Brooklyn Education Components ($15,000)

Japan Society, “Japan’s Annual Festivities ($20,000)

Jewish Children’s Museum, “Public School Initiative” ($20,000)

Jewish Museum, “Movies That Matter” ($20,000)

One to World Inc., “One To World’s Cultural Understanding Programs ($25,000)

Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, “Combating Extremism and Promoting Respect: A Public Education Campaign ($30,000)


Children’s Museum Corporation of Rutherford County, “Kids First” ($55,000)

Global Education Center, “Passport to Understanding” ($25,000)

Nashville Public Library Foundation, “Civil Rights and a Civil Society: Critical Dialogues in Equity, Race and Identity ($50,000)

Nashville Public Television, “Next Door Neighbors 2018-2019″ ($75,000)

Native American Indian Association of Tennessee, “37th Annual Indian Education Pow-Wow” ($10,000)

Oasis Center, “Building Bridges” ($50,000)

STARS Nashville, “Understanding Bullying Prevention Through the Lens of Cultural Competence ($25,000)

Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition, “Welcoming Tennessee” ($30,000)


National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum, “Cultural Heritage Youth Workshops” ($25,000)


Images courtesy of Nissan Media




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