Caterpillar Foundation: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: The Caterpillar Foundation supports organizations that alleviate the root causes of poverty, focusing on education, the environment, and basic needs.

IP TAKE: While supporting animal and wildlife organizations is not a key grantmaking priority for Caterpillar, it offers wide support to related establishments.

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.” Caterpillar’s grants to animal and wildlife organizations are largely awarded out of its environmental grantmaking program, which supports projects associated with natural resource management, soil conservation, pollution reduction, reforestation, and long-term sustainable development advocacy.

Grant amounts vary widely, ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few million, most animal and wildlife grants range from $5,000 to $50,000. Past grantees include the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the American Bear Association. 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.


  • Michele Sullivan, President
  • Jennifer Zammuto, Foundation Manager