3M Foundation: Grants for Early Childhood Education

OVERVIEW: The 3M Foundation supports both large and small early childhood education programs and projects. 

IP TAKE: Although this funder awards both project specific and general operating support grants, most of its early childhood education grants are project specific.

PROFILE: The philanthropic sister of its corporate arm, the 3M Foundation was established in 1953. Indeed, it was one of the first corporations to establish a foundation. The foundation “improves lives and builds sustainable communities through social investments and thoughtful engagement of 3Mers worldwide.” 3M supports programs in education, community, and the environment.

3M supports early childhood education through its education program, which supports schools, academic institutions and community organizations in order to “ensure students and teachers have the tools, resources and knowledge they need to succeed.” This program focuses on supporting organizations that help underserved and low-income communities.

According to its latest tax filings, the foundation awards early childhood education grants to organizations that work with children from infancy to 5 years of age. Most 3M grants range from $5,000 to $50,000. The foundation funds organizations located in areas in which the company has a business presence. To learn more about the types of organizations 3M supports and at what level, download its education grants list

The 3M foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding from organizations located in St. Paul, Minnesota and Austin, Texas. Applicants located in other states must direct their funding requests to their local 3M office.


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