Ecolab Foundation: Grants for Music

OVERVIEW: Ecolab Foundation, the philanthropic arm of its corporate namesake, funds a variety of programs and interests that include arts and culture, education, community development, and the environment.

IP TAKE: Ecolab Foundation prioritizes funding for communities in which it has a corporate presence. The foundation views supporting performing arts—including music—as an important component of its community involvement. 

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 grantmaking prioritizes “educational, cultural, environmental, and community development programs that are good for business and good for society.” The foundation’s music grantmaking falls under its Arts and Culture funding area.

Ecolab Foundation frames music support as a quality-of-life issue for its communities, stating: “Through arts, creativity and talent is nurtured. People learn to tap into the power of their imagination, which is where good ideas come from in life and in business.” It supports companies and their full seasons, rather than backing one-off performances, and it will not give grants to individual musicians or composers.

New grantseekers should also keep in mind that as part of its Arts and Culture mission, Ecolab Foundation also supports arts education, so music programs with a youth development component will be in a stronger position to receive Ecolab Foundation funding. Past music grant recipients from Ecolab Foundation include the American Composers Forum, the Children's Choir of Huntington County, Minnesota Opera, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Ecolab Foundation only funds 501(c)(3) organizations and projects in either the St. Paul, Minnesota area (where Ecolab is headquartered) or in one of the corporation’s 17 regional communities located throughout the U.S.

Grants range upward of $5,000. The application process is online.

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