Mission/Giving Statement: The mission of the foundation is to support efforts that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society.
Grantmaking Program Areas: Civil Society; Environment; Pathways Out of Poverty
Grantmaking Program Area Descriptions:
Civil Society: The mission of the Civil Society program is to strengthen philanthropy and the nonprofit sector as vital vehicles for increasing civic engagement and improving communities and societies. To empower people and nonprofits to take collective action that promotes and defends democratic values; and To promote and develop a more robust culture of private giving for public good.
Environment: The mission of the Environment program is to support the efforts of an engaged citizenry working to create accountable and responsive institutions, sound public policies, and appropriate models of development that protect the diversity and integrity of selected ecosystems in North America and around the world. The program is organized into three grantmaking areas: Conservation of Freshwater Ecosystems; International Finance for Sustainability; Special Initiatives.
Pathways Out of Poverty: The mission of the Pathways Out of Poverty program is to identify, test and help sustain pathways out of poverty for low-income people and communities. We believe education, economic participation and community engagement are critical to moving low-income Americans toward greater prosperity. These three areas are the pillars of our program to address poverty in the U.S. The program is organized into four grantmaking areas: Improving Community Education; Expanding Economic Opportunity; Building Organized Communitites; Specail Initiatives
Type of Funding/Funding Restrictions: No grants or loans to individuals. No grants (except in the Flint area) for capital development, research, project replication or endowment unless these activities grow out of work already being funded by Mott. No grants for religious activities or programs serving specific religious groups or denominations. However, faith-based organizations may submit inquiries if the project falls within our guidelines and serves a broad segment of the population. No grants (except in the Flint area) for local projects unless they are part of a Mott-planned national demonstration or network of grants. No grants for projects that duplicate, or significantly overlap, the work of federal, state or local governmental agencies. Film and video projects, books, scholarships, and fellowships rarely are funded.
Application Instructions: Submit online LOI first. Application instructions available online.