Caterpillar Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Caterpillar Foundation supports organizations that alleviate the root causes of poverty.

IP TAKE: This funder seeks collaborative organizations addressing pervasive global challenges, particularly poverty.

PROFILE: The Caterpillar Foundation was established in 1952 as the philanthropic arm of the Peoria, Illinois based heavy machinery company, Caterpillar. The foundation works with partners around the world to “alleviate poverty and place people on the path to prosperity.” It invests in education, the environment, and basic needs.

Caterpillar’s Together. Stronger campaign remains focused on the foundation’s grantmaking priorities and aims to raise 50 million people out of poverty by 2020. This campaign largely invests in programs that empower women and girls. In addition, the foundation’s Future of the Girl campaign seeks organizations that provide girls with the “support they need to achieve their dreams and change the world for the better.”

Grant amounts vary widely, and range from a few hundred dollars to a few million. Past grantees include Opportunity International and the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign. To learn more about select grantees, explore the foundation’s partners page.

The Caterpillar Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or grant applications. Those invited to apply for a grant must submit their applications between February 1 and July 1.


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