FRANKLIN, Tenn., Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nissan Foundation is pleased to announce the call for Letters of Intent (LOI) for its 2013 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 support the Foundation's mission. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080506/NISSANWORDMARKLOGO ) "The Nissan Foundation is committed to enriching people's lives in the neighborhoods where Nissan operates," said Vicki Smith, executive director of the Nissan Foundation. "The Foundation supports numerous educational programs that celebrate and foster appreciation for diversity while creating a positive influence in the community." The Foundation was established in 1992. Over the past 20 years, the philanthropic organization has contributed more than $6.4 million to more than 100 nonprofit groups. The Foundation is committed to celebrating cultural diversity as a means to promote respect for others, generate alternative ways of thinking, strengthen self-awareness and enrich communities. The Foundation application process is conducted electronically 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 an LOI by Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Nissan Foundation grants are awarded annually; the next grants will be awarded in July 2013. For more information about the Nissan Foundation and its application process, visit http://www.nissanusa.com/about/corporate-info/community-relations.html. 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 http://www.nissanusa.com/about/corporate-info/community-relations.html. About Nissan Americas In the Americas, 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 was recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 and 2011. More information on Nissan in North America, the Nissan LEAF and zero emissions can be found at www.nissanusa.com. Blue Citizenship is the commitment of Nissan Motor Company to realize our vision of Enriching People's Lives. We commit to our customers, employees, shareholders and the communities where we do business to deliver engaging, valuable and sustainable mobility for all. Through our business activities, we aim to create economic value and to actively contribute toward the development of a sustainable society.