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Mazda established the Mazda Foundation charitable organization in 1984 to “conduct activities to promote science and technology and the sound development of youth, to share prosperity with the people of the world, and to build a society where people can lead rich and fulfilling lives. The Foundation marked its 30th anniversary in FY March 2015. As of March 31, 2015, it has provided grants totaling ¥1,530,740,000 (including ¥54,940,000 in FY March 2015).

【Environment】Initiatives contributing to environmental protection
【Safety】Initiatives contributing to traffic safety
【Human resources】Initiatives aimed at fostering the next generation
【Community】Community-based initiatives
【Mazda Foundation】Initiatives via Mazda Foundation

Grants and Projects to Promote Science and Technology

【Environment】【Human resources】【Community】【Mazda Foundation】

Objective

To contribute to the development of culture and society by promoting well-balanced improvement in science and technology

Initiatives
  • ■ Support for research: Since 1985, the Mazda Foundation has awarded grants for basic and applied research projects in science and technology.
  • ■ Support for operations: Since 1985, the Mazda Foundation has awarded grants for projects related to science education, including “Scientific Experience” events held in Japan’s Chugoku region by researchers, designed for students from elementary school through high school.
  • ■ “Science is Fun” projects: Since 2003, the Mazda Foundation has carried out the “Science is Fun” projects in cooperation with Hiroshima University, to prevent young people from turning away from the sciences, as part of community contribution activities making effective use of the university’s intellectual resources.

Junior Science Seminar for the “Science is Fun” project

Junior Science Seminar for the “Science is Fun” project

FY March 2015 Results
  • ■ Support for research: A total of ¥30 million was provided for 25 excellent research projects that contribute to the development of science and technology. Moreover, four projects mainly conducted by young researchers were selected among these research projects to receive the Mazda Research Grant Selection Committee Encouragement Award, since the committee deemed the research particularly commendable. As a supplementary prize to the Encouragement Award, the Mazda Foundation provided an additional total of 2 million yen to support these research projects.
  • ■ Support for operations: A total of ¥2 million was provided for 15 projects related to “Scientific Experience” events.
  • ■ “Science is Fun” projects: The Mazda Foundation held the Junior Science Seminar (six times a year) for junior high school students, the Science Lecture (mobile/on-site lectures) for junior and senior high school students (five times a year), and the Science Seminar for Elementary School Teachers, geared for teachers of elementary schools.

Recipients of the Mazda Research Grant Selection Committee Encouragement Prize

Recipients of the Mazda Research Grant Selection Committee Encouragement Prize

Grants and Projects for Youth Health and Education

【Environment】【Human resources】【Community】【Mazda Foundation】

Objective

To help build a society where people can lead rich and fulfilling lives by providing support for the sound development of young people or assisting their self-learning

Initiatives
  • ■ Support for research: Since 1985, the Mazda Foundation has awarded grants for practical research projects aiming at stimulating citizen activism regarding the sound development of the youth.
  • ■ Support for citizen activism: Since 1985, the Mazda Foundation has provided support for activities aiming at fostering the sound development of youth and local community development implemented by non-profit organizations in Hiroshima and Yamaguchi prefectures.
  • ■ Inspiring School Michikusa: Since 1998, the Inspiring School Michikusa program has been held, to provide children with opportunities to work as a team and cooperate with each other to come up with original ideas using things familiar in their daily life as study subjects.
  • ■ Start Line Project: The Start Line Project is an initiative to resolve social issue regarding the youth. Through this project, since 2013, Mazda has cooperated with an NPO, Pipio Children’s Center, which is the only organization to operate an emergency shelter for children in Hiroshima Prefecture, in providing support for the growth of abused children, the capacity building of staff member, and the improvement of publicity activities.
  • ■ University lectures: Since 1995, the Mazda Foundation has offered contributed lectures at universities in Hiroshima Prefecture.
  • ■ Lectures: Since 1984, the Mazda Foundation has organized lectures to provide opportunities to think together with local residents about the sound development of youth, inviting prominent figures as lecturers.
  • ■ Surveys and research: Surveys and research are carried out as needed, to address social problems related to young people.
FY March 2015 Results
  • ■ Support for research: A total of ¥4 million was provided for five excellent research projects that contribute to the sound development of youth.
  • ■ Support for citizen activities: A total of 10 million yen was provided for 39 excellent activities that contribute to the sound development of youth (including three activities to contribute to the recovery of the regions affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake).
  • ■ Inspiring School Michikusa: Educational programs designed for elementary schoolchildren were implemented, under the titles, “Exciting Experience: Let’s Discover the Mysteries of Nature!” and “Thrilling Experiments with Sand in Ninoshima!!” (around 80 participants).
  • ■ Start Line Project: A total of eight workshops to train volunteers were provided for university students in Hiroshima Prefecture (around 20 students participated).
  • ■ A program with two-day intensive lecture course and volunteer practice during the summer vacation was held in Yasuda Women's University, under the title, “Credit Transfer Lecture: Volunteer Activities” (seven participants).
  • ■ Lecture: At the International Conference Center Hiroshima, a lecture was held entitled “Education for Children, Education for Parents.” Mr. Akihiro Miwa, a singer, actor and writer, was invited as the lecturer (around 1,500 participants).

Ceremony to award grants for civic activities

Ceremony to award grants for civic activities

Children enjoy canoeing in the sea, near the Ninoshima Seaside Children’s Nature Center in Hiroshima City

Children enjoy canoeing in the sea, near the Ninoshima Seaside Children’s Nature Center in Hiroshima City

Start Line Project Workshop to train volunteers

Start Line Project Workshop to train volunteers

Lecture by Mr. Akihiro Miwa: Education for Children, Education for Parents

Lecture by Mr. Akihiro Miwa: Education for Children, Education for Parents