The Nissan Foundation today announced its board of directors has awarded $700,000 in grants to nonprofits in seven states to support innovative programs that break down societal barriers and build inclusive communities through education and outreach. The Nissan Foundation has awarded more than $9.3 million to date.
The grants will fund 27 projects, including Jobs for Mississippi Graduates, a drop-out prevention program, which helps support job attainment, job survival, leadership development, life survival skills, economic empowerment and cultural diversity; the Oasis Center “Building Bridges” program, which serves 300 Nashville youths annually with anti-discrimination/anti-violence programming at schools; and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants “Neighbor-to-Neighbor Project,” which provides school programs, employer training and workshops on social services for Iraqi immigrants in Detroit.
“The organizations and projects selected for 2016 represent those who provide culturally diverse and relevant programs in communities where Nissan operates,” said Scott Becker, president of the Nissan Foundation. “The Nissan Foundation is proud to support their missions to enrich people’s lives and open doors to new ways of understanding our neighbors and the world we live in.”