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.

PROFILE: 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.”

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 (one of four focus areas for the foundation). The foundation is particularly interested in supporting "hands-on environmental learning programs."

So pitch your conservation program as hands-on educational. Also make sure you're mindful of community: your nonprofit program needs to be based in and/or affect either the St. Paul, Minnesota area (where Ecolab is headquartered) or in one of the corporation’s 17 regional communities located throughout the U.S.

Recent grantees include the Nature Conservancy (national headquarters in Los Angeles, CA), The Conservation Foundation (Naperville, IL), Eco Education (St. Paul, MN), the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture (East Point, GA), and Keep Sugar Land Beautiful (TX).

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