OVERVIEW: The Ecolab Foundations invests in arts and culture, civic and community development, environment and conservation, solutions for life and youth education in Saint Paul, Minnesota and other locations in the U.S. where it operates.
IP TAKE: Early childhood education is a focus area of its youth and education funding initiative. This funder accepts funding applications through its online portals for the Saint Paul-area and other regions in the United States where it operates.
PROFILE: Ecolab Foundation was established in 1986 by its corporate namesake, a “global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services.” Based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the foundation supports the communities in which its employees live and work and aims to enhance the lives of those in need. Its funding initiatives are arts and culture, civic and community development, environment and conservation, solutions for life and youth and education.
Early childhood education is a focus area of Ecolab's youth and education program. The foundation is a long-time supporter of the Saint Paul Public Schools, where teachers at all grade levels are able to obtain support for special projects that enhance classroom learning. The foundation has also partnered with Project WET in the creation a series of free on-line water conservation and safety educational materials.
Ecolab runs separate funding programs for the greater Saint Paul, Minnesota area and other communities in the U.S. where it maintains operations. For the Saint Paul area, applications are accepted beginning in September. Applications for other areas are accepted in May. Most Ecolab grants range from $500 to $5,000, but larger grants are made in some cases.
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