NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwired - October 28, 2016) - The Nissan Foundation is now accepting Letters of Intent (LOI) for its 2017 grant year. The mission of the Nissan Foundation is to build community by valuing diversity. Nonprofit organizations located in Southern California, North Central Texas, Middle Tennessee, South Central Mississippi, Eastern Michigan, and the New York and Atlanta Metro areas are encouraged to apply with programs that align with the Foundation's mission­.

"The Nissan Foundation is committed to enriching people's lives in the communities where Nissan operates," said Vicki Smith, executive director of the Nissan Foundation. "The Foundation supports educational programs that celebrate and foster greater appreciation for the value that exists in a positive, diverse community."

The Foundation was established in 1992 in the wake of violent upheaval in Los Angeles after the Rodney King trial verdict. Company executives sought out constructive ways to celebrate cultural diversity as a means to promote respect for others, generate alternative ways of thinking, strengthen self-awareness and enrich communities.

Over the past 24 years, the philanthropic organization has contributed $9 million to more than 100 nonprofit groups throughout the country. The Foundation application process is conducted online to eliminate paper waste and align with Nissan's global mission to support a greener environment.

Organizations that meet the Foundation's eligibility requirements and that wish to apply for an initial grant from the Nissan Foundation must submit their LOIs by 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Nissan Foundation grants are awarded annually; the next grants will be awarded in July 2017.

For more information about the Nissan Foundation and its application process, visit the Nissan Foundation page on

About the Nissan Foundation

Established in 1992, the mission of the Nissan Foundation is to build community through valuing cultural diversity. The Nissan Foundation is part of Nissan North America's commitment to "enrich people's lives" by helping to meet the needs of communities throughout the United States through philanthropic investments, corporate outreach sponsorships, in-kind donations and other charitable contributions. More information on the Nissan's community relations activities can be found online at

About Nissan North America

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at and, or visit the U.S. media sites and

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2015, the company sold more than 5.4 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 12.19 trillion yen. Nissan engineers, manufactures and markets the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan's global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: ASEAN & Oceania; Africa, Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500, and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault under the Renault-Nissan Alliance since March 1999.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at You can also follow @NissanMotor on Twitter.

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Vicki Smith
Nissan Foundation