Caterpillar Foundation: Grants for Conservation

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

IP TAKE: This seeks conservation organizations improving the quality of life for people by “restoring natural infrastructure.”

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,” with grantmaking focusing on education, the environment, and basic needs.

Caterpillar’s environmental grantmaking supports programs and projects related to natural resource management, soil conservation, pollution reduction, reforestation, and advocating for long-term sustainable development.

While grant amounts vary widely, ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few million, most higher education grants range from $5,000 to $755,000. Past grantees include the National Parks and Conservation Association and the Human Society of Wildlife Land Trust. 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.

PEOPLE: 

  • Michele Sullivan, President
  • Jennifer Zammuto, Foundation Manager 

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