Ecolab Foundation: Grants for Conservation

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 conducts conservation grantmaking through its Environment & Conservation program, which seeks projects that "will have long-term, wide-ranging and positive effects on eco-systems." The foundation is particularly interested in supporting "hands-on environmental learning programs."

Grantmaking prioritizes groups in Minnesota or those serving Minnesota, where Ecolab is located. It also prioritizes funding organizations located in or near any of its other regional communities across the United States.

Past grantees include The Nature Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land’s Parks for People initiative, The Conservation Foundation, Eco Education, the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture, and Keep Sugar Land Beautiful, among many others.

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