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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.” As of March 31, 2016, it has provided grants totaling ¥1,583,700,000 (including ¥52,000,000 in FY March 2016).

【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 and private nonprofit organizations*1, 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.
FY March 2016 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 Encouragement Award, since the committee deemed the research particularly commendable. As a supplementary prize to the Encouragement Award, the Mazda Foundation provided an additional ¥500,000 to each project to support them.
  • ■ 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 (24 students), the Science Lecture (mobile/onsite lectures) for junior and senior high school students (six times a year), and the Science Seminar for Elementary School Teachers, geared for teachers of elementary schools (around 1,610 students from 59 classes participated).

Support for research: Ceremony to award the Mazda Research Grant at Hiroshima University

Support for research: Ceremony to award the Mazda Research Grant at Hiroshima University

Support for operations: Science Workshop for Children – Let’s have fun with the experiment of power generation -

Support for operations: Science Workshop for Children
– Let’s have fun with the experiment of power generation -

Entrance ceremony of Junior Science Seminar for the “Science is Fun” project

Entrance ceremony of Junior Science Seminar for the “Science is Fun” project

*1 Private nonprofit organizations were added to the list of grant recipients from FY March 2016.

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 an organization operating an emergency shelter for children and self-reliance support facility in Hiroshima, 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 2016 Results
  • ■ Support for research: A total of ¥5 million was provided for six excellent research projects that contribute to the sound development of youth.
  • ■ Support for citizen activities: A total of ¥8 million was provided for 30 excellent activities that contribute to the sound development of youth (including two activities to contribute to the recovery of the regions affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake).
  • ■ Inspiring School Michikusa: Educational programs designed for elementary school children were implemented, under the titles, “Exciting Experience: Let’s Discover the Mysteries of Nature! –Light and Energy”, “Let’s Play with Familiar Energy!” and “Environmental/ Biological Diversity” (149 participants).
  • ■ Start Line Project: A symposium, “To Provide a Start Line for Children without Place to Go,” was held as commemorating the 5th anniversary of Pipio Children’s Center and the 3rd anniversary of the Start Line Project, in January (70 participants). At the same time, a DVD introducing the Pipio Children’s Center was created to support the expansion of its activity. In addition, a total of eight workshops to train volunteers were provided as annual activity for university students in Hiroshima Prefecture (around 16 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” (14 participants).
  • ■ Lecture: At the International Conference Center Hiroshima, a lecture was held entitled “Power of Continuous Learning.” Mr. Akira Ikegami, a professor of the Center for Liberal Arts of Tokyo Institute of Technology, was invited as the lecturer (around 1,400 participants).
  • ■ Research/Study: The result of “Attitude Survey of People Living in Hiroshima in Their 20s and 30s (conducted in FY March 2015)” was published on the website of Mazda Foundation and sent to scholars, administrative authorities, civic organizations, etc. Meetings were also held to discuss the results of the survey including young people in Fuchu Town in Aki County and Miyoshi City.

Ceremony to award grants for civic activities

Ceremony to award grants for civic activities

Solar car production and racing in the “Let’s Play with Familiar Energy!” program at the Youth Outdoor Activity Center

Solar car production and racing in the “Let’s Play with Familiar Energy!” program at the Youth Outdoor Activity Center

Symposium to commemorate the 5th anniversary of Pipio Children’s Center and the 3rd anniversary of the Start Line Project

Symposium to commemorate the 5th anniversary of Pipio Children’s Center and the 3rd anniversary of the Start Line Project

Lecture by Mr. Akira Ikegami: Power of Continuous Learning

Lecture by Mr. Akira Ikegami: Power of Continuous Learning