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GM Defiance Reinforces Commitment to Defiance Community Through Nonprofit Grant Program

Local facility provides $50,000 in grants to two area nonprofits

DEFIANCE, Ohio General Motors recently completed the national grant distribution of its 2023 Community Impact Grants (CIG) Program to its recipients – totaling $3 million in grants to 157 nonprofits across its U.S. manufacturing communities.

In Defiance, Ohio, this meant $50,000 in grants to two local nonprofits.

The CIG program is one example of how General Motors supports growth in local communities. Through this program, local manufacturing facilities collaborate with GM’s corporate giving arm to identify nonprofits helping address local issues facing their community.

“The generosity of GM and our workforce in this community inspires me every day,” said Derrick Parson, plant director at GM Defiance. “GM has been in this community for 75 years and we see the positive impact these local organizations can have when they have the resources to do so. Whether it’s an investment of time or money, we are committed to serving and growing with the greater Defiance community and all of the communities in which GM employees live and work.”

The 2023 Defiance-area grant recipients include:

  • Defiance County Homegrown Workforce & Business Development Council – grant funds will support 2023 and 24 Summer Manufacturing Camp, an initiative to connect young Ohioans and their parents with an up-to-date, real-world understanding of American manufacturing, with an emphasis on engineering. Grant funds will cover the cost of transportation, building rental fees, STEM kits, and the Certificate of Completion ceremony.

  • Defiance Dream Center grant funds will help the Defiance Dream Center carry out the mission of engaging youth in life enriching, purpose driven workforce education that inspires hope for the future and a commitment to introducing skilled trades training to high school students in our community.

Since 2019, GM has granted more than $13 million to nonprofits in its facility communities, and $202,000 to the Defiance region through the Community Impact Grants program.

General Motors (NYSE:GM) is a global company focused on advancing an all-electric future that is inclusive and accessible to all. At the heart of this strategy is the Ultium battery platform, which will power everything from mass-market to high-performance vehicles. General Motors, its subsidiaries and its joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Baojun and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety and security services, can be found at

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