Cargill Inc.: Grants for College Readiness

Cargill Inc. supports food security, nutrition and sustainability initiatives; it no longer supports education or college readiness. This profile indicates that is is a separate entity from the Cargill Foundation, which supports education (including college readiness) and childhood nutrition.

OVERVIEW: Cargill’s college readiness grantmaking typically focuses on low-income students and regions with a high proportion of students in middle and high school.

IP TAKE: This corporate funder supports organizations working in regions of the world in which Cargill has a business and employee presence.

PROFILE: Cargill Inc.’s corporate giving program is separate from the Cargill Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of the company that limits its grantmaking to the Twin Cities region of Minnesota. Grantseekers should also not confuse Cargill’s corporate giving program with the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies or the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, which are completely separate entities. Cargill’s corporate giving program is the philanthropic vehicle of the global agricultural commodities company founded by William Wallace Cargill in 1865. This program focuses its giving on food security and nutrition, education, and environmental stewardship.

Cargill awards its college are awarded to organizations and programs serving low-income populations, those with a high proportion of students in grades 7-12, are increasing high school graduation and post-secondary enrollment rates, helping students prepare for college and facilitate curriculum collaboration between colleges and high schools. Past grantees in this space include College Possible and Generation Next. To learn more about Cargill’s college readiness grantees, explore its Education program page.

Cargill is currently updating its application and application process. It encourages grantseekers to check its website periodically for updates.  

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