Ecolab Foundation: Grants for College Readiness

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 has a firm commitment to education—with college readiness one of two major focus areas—so long as the programming occurs in an Ecolab community.

PROFILEEcolab 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 overall giving is more than $80 million, with a focus on “educational, cultural, environmental, and community development programs that are good for business and good for society.”

Ecolab Foundation’s commitment to college and career readiness falls under its Youth and Education giving area (the largest of the foundation’s four giving areas), with a particular emphasis on at-risk youth. Given its corporate focus, it’s no surprise that the foundation is particularly committed to STEM education, so if your college readiness program is STEM-related, so much the better.

Some recent college readiness grantees include: 

In terms of eligibility, you must be a 501(c)(3) and seeking to implement your college readiness program in either St. Paul, Minnesota (where Ecolab is headquartered) or in one of the corporation’s 17 regional communities located throughout the U.S. 

The Ecolab Foundation also grants modest amounts (typically in the $1,000 - $3,000 range) to colleges and universities in its communities for those schools' scholarship programs.


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