Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is a private, grantmaking foundation based in Flint, Michigan that was founded in 1926. The Foundation funds in four program areas: civil society, environment, Flint area, and Pathways Out of Poverty. In addition to the four programs, the foundation also funds Exploratory and Special Projects (XSP). XSP grants support unusual or unique opportunities to address significant national and international problems. Under this program, including the program area for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the foundation makes a limited number of small grants for projects falling outside our regular grantmaking programs. Proposals for XSP grants are by invitation only. Through the Civil Society program, the foundation supports non-governmental organizations in Central/Eastern Europe and South Africa.
Improving community education, particularly for children and families living in low-income communities is a focus of the Mott Foundation's Pathways Out of Poverty initiative. Through this initiative, The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation supports several STEM education projects throughout the United States. A $100,000 for building green energy and technology pathways will enable San Francisco State University to develop an integrated high school and postsecondary career academy model focused on green energy and technology pathways. The goal of this effort is to create new green career pathways that offer a challenging, comprehensive program of study leading to postsecondary options, green apprenticeships, green jobs, and/or other careers in science and technology disciplines. The foundation continues to fund The Flint Area Science Fair, a volunteer-led, nonprofit organization that provides K-12 students in a four-county area the opportunity to develop their scientific and engineering talents. A recent $225,000 grant over three years from the foundation supports the Michigan Statewide Afterschool Network, which will create a statewide afterschool professional development system aligned with national and state education initiatives that support student success. The network envisions that all students will have access to high quality, innovative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics activities and programs linked to school standards that develop inquiry and discovery to prepare them for college, work, and life. Lessons learned and products will be shared with the national network of statewide afterschool networks.
Pathways out of Poverty