OVERVIEW: Chlorine Chemistry supports organizations that work to provide clean, safe drinking water to disaster-stricken areas of the world.
IP TAKE: This foundation’s grants are relatively modest, which makes it a good resource for grassroots groups. However, it also supports several large IGNOs, which makes funding competitive.
PROFILE: The Chlorine Chemistry Foundation, also known as the Research Foundation for Health and Environmental Effects (RFHEE), is the nonprofit arm of the Chlorine Chemistry Division of the American Chemistry Council and the American Chemistry Council. It seeks to "increase sustainable access to safe drinking water in underserved communities and areas ravaged by natural disasters." The foundation's projects employ "chlorine-based materials, such as disinfectants and PVC pipe, to help prevent diseases, improve quality of life and promote sustainable development around the globe." It invests in health projects that intersect with disaster relief, water, WASH, and sustainable water infrastructure.
Chlorine Chemistry prioritizes water and sanitation projects that heavily emphasize community involvement. In other words, organizations that drill boreholes or digging wells with no philanthropic follow-up will not receive funding. The foundation makes global health grants through both its Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage and Safe Water Safely Programs, which offer a handful of competitive grants. Awards range from $10,000 to $50,000, and often support smaller organizations rather than large INGOs.
The foundation does not indicate whether it accepts unsolicited applications. However, it encourages grantseekers to contact director Jeffrey Sloan if they believe their projects align with Chlorine Chemistry’s grantmaking priorities.
- Jeffrey Sloan Director, Safe Water Programs