OVERVIEW: The Grainger Foundation supports community affairs, environment, legal, health, safety, sustainability, climate change, human services, education, culture, and health in Illinois and in other places where the Grainger company operates.
FUNDING AREAS: Community affairs, environment, legal, health, safety, sustainability, climate change, human services, education, culture, health
IP TAKE: This local corporate foundation has a broad reach, both in terms of topic interests and geographic areas served. It is not very accessible to first-time grantseekers.
PROFILE: Established in 1967, the Grainger Foundation is a corporate foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois. This foundation is the successor to the 1949-founded Grainger Charitable Trust. The Grainger company specializes in distributing maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) supplies and has over 3.5 million customers around the world. It operates in the commercial, government, healthcare, and manufacturing industries. This foundation is the grantmaking arm of the company and part of its commitment to social responsibility. It funds local efforts for community affairs, environment, legal, health, safety, sustainability, climate change, human services, education, culture, and health.
The Grainger Foundation provides funding to a broad range of organizations. However, it does not have a detailed foundation website to guide grantseekers who want information about how to secure support from this corporate funder. The environment is consistently a large part of the group’s work, including efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions, resource efficiency, and sustainability training. The Grainger Foundation is also interested in serving its communities through disaster preparedness and response funding, education and workforce development grants, and local civic and community engagement support through community grants and matching gifts.
Grants range between about $5,000 and $50,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on places where the company operates, including Illinois. Other geographic areas of interest are Michigan, Wisconsin, Virginia, Texas, Colorado, Florida, California, and Ohio. Past local grantees include Cool Ministries, Dream Center of Peoria, and the Elawa Farm Foundation.
This foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. Instead, it only makes contributions to pre-selected organizations. Direct general questions to the staff at 847-535-2030.
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