What is the Mazda Foundation Grants?
The Mazda Foundation Grants is a program to support community-based organisations by providing funding for projects that fall within the nominated priority areas.
In 1960, Mazda commenced operations in Australia, with the stated philosophy of “the enrichment of life and the achievement of excellence”. Throughout the ensuing years, Mazda has developed a marque of truly outstanding motor vehicles characterised by technological innovation and superb quality.
Mazda has also participated in the community beyond the traditional role of an automotive organisation: since its inception, Mazda has fostered a spirit of community involvement. It is from this that the concept of the Mazda Foundation emerged.
The Mazda Foundation was established in 1990 as a public charitable trust to provide assistance to a broad cross-section of worthy charitable entities and causes throughout Australia which qualify for income tax deductibility for gifts under what is now item 1 of the table in Section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (“the Tax Act”), formerly Section 78(1) of the Tax Act 1936. In addition, eligible recipients of grants by Mazda Foundation must now be endorsed as deductible gift recipients under the provisions of subdivision 30-BA of the Tax Act.
The Mazda Foundation’s aims and objectives include (but are not limited to) the provision of financial aid to funds, authorities and institutions which qualify for income tax deductibility for gifts and which provide assistance:
- To young people through education and employment skills development, with particular emphasis on children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
- In the advancement of education and achievement of excellence at all levels in the community.
- In the development of technology, to help improve Australia’s international competitiveness.
- Towards the maintenance and improvement of the natural environment.
- To address community needs identified by the Mazda Foundation from time to time.
- In research, feasibility, surveys and other background work in relation to any of the above aims and objectives.
The Mazda Foundation currently has two priority areas of focus:
- Priority 1: Projects that support children with physical and/or mental disabilities or their carers.
- Priority 2: Projects that support elderly people suffering from mental disabilities (including dementia) or their carers.
There are no set minimum or maximum funding limits.
Eligible projects include those that:
- Support children with physical and/or mental disabilities or their carers, particularly projects seeking to address social isolation.
- Support elderly people suffering from mental disabilities (including dementia) or their carers, particularly projects seeking to address social isolation.
- Are consistent with the broader aims and objectives of Mazda Foundation.
The following are ineligible for funding:
- Overseas projects
- Overseas trips
- Research projects
Eligible applicants include organisation who must be an eligible recipient under the Income Tax Assessment Act.
Applications close 30 September 2020.