Ecolab Foundation: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: Ecolab Foundation, the philanthropic arm of its corporate namesake, gives to a broad swath of programs and interests, including education, community development, the environment, and arts and culture.

IP TAKE: Ecolab Foundation is a hearty supporter of environmental conservation programs, particularly those that have a community education component. In order to qualify for a grant, your program must serve in an Ecolab region.While the foundation does not prioritize non-wild animal welfare, it occasionally funds small projects.

PROFILE: The 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 focuses on “educational, cultural, environmental, and community development programs that are good for business and good for society.” 

Ecolab Foundation’s commitment to animals and wildlife falls under the foundation's Community Grants pot, and more specifically, the foundation's focus on Environment & Conservation. The foundation is particularly interested in supporting "hands-on environmental learning programs." As a result, grantseekers should frame their proposals in terms of how hands-on and educational it is. In order to secure funding, grantseeker's organizations must be based in and/or affect either the St. Paul, Minnesota area (where Ecolab is headquartered) or in one of the corporation’s 15 regional communities located throughout the U.S. Recent grantees include Dodge Nature CenterEagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

The Ecolab Foundation also supports organizations protecting domesticated animals. Past grantees include Animals Deserving Of Proper Treatement and grants to several Humane Society chapters (ranging $200 to $10,000), among others.

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