Ecolab Foundation: Grants for Climate Change

OVERVIEW: Ecolab Foundation, the philanthropic arm of its corporate namesake, gives to a broad swath of programs and interests, including education, community development, the environment, and arts and culture.

IP TAKE: Ecolab Foundation supports organizations that promote climate and energy preservation and conservation. The foundation is particularly keen on programs that have a community education component. Speaking of community, your organization must exist within one in which Ecolab operates.

PROFILE: Ecolab Foundation was established in 1986 by its corporate namesake, a company that describes itself as a “global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services.” The foundation’s overall giving is approaching the $81 million mark, with a focus on “educational, cultural, environmental, and community development programs that are good for business and good for society.”

Ecolab Foundation’s commitment to climate and energy preservation and conservation falls under the foundation's Community Grants pot, and more specifically the foundation's focus on Environment & Conservation (one of four focus areas for the foundation). The foundation is particularly interested in supporting "hands-on environmental learning programs."

So pitch your program as hands-on educational. Also make sure you're mindful of community: Your nonprofit needs to be based in and/or affect either the St. Paul, Minnesota area (where Ecolab is headquartered) or one of the corporation’s 17 regional communities located throughout the U.S.

Recent grantees include the Environmental Initiative (Minneapolis, MN) for $10,000 and the GOBI Energy Transformation Project (based in Chicago, IL) for $500.