Vision: The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation affirms its founder's vision of a world in which each of us is in partnership with the rest of the human race — where each individual's quality of life is connected to the well-being of the community, both locally and globally. We pursue this vision through creative grantmaking, thoughtful communication and other activities that enhance community in its many forms. The same vision of shared learning shapes our internal culture as we strive to maintain an ethic of respect, integrity and responsibility. The Foundation seeks to strengthen, in people and their organizations, what Mr. Mott called "the capacity for accomplishment."
Foundation mission: To support efforts that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society.
In addition to funding organizations in the United States, the Foundation’s Civil Society program provides grants to organizations in Central and Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union and South Africa. The Foundation’s Environment program primarily funds organizations in the Great Lakes region. It also makes grants to selected organizations internationally that ensure international investment and trade, support sustainable development and reduce environmental degradation. The Flint Area program funds a broad range of projects in Flint, Michigan, and surrounding Genesee County. Outside of these regions, the Foundation accepts requests for funding by invitation only. The Pathways Out of Poverty program funds national demonstration projects in the United States. Each of these four programs has clearly stated guidelines, and we encourage you to review the guidelines before submitting a request for funding.
Non-U.S. organizations that wish to apply for funding are urged to submit a letter of inquiry using our online letter of inquiry form.