ADM Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERIVEW: The charitable arm of the Archer Daniels Midland Company awards grants to organizations working in education, sustainable agricultural development and community engagement.

IP TAKE: ADM seeks organizations that can demonstrate clear and measurable results, which is unusual. This may prove to be a particular difficulty for newer organizations that do not yet have a long track record of success or much data detailing their programs. New grantseekers should ensure that their grant applications are compelling enough to attract ADM's funding.

PROFILE: The ADM Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the agriculture giant Archer Daniels Midland Company, a global processor of animal feeds and biofuels. The ADM Foundation awards grants to organizations that promote sustainable agricultural development, provide education for children and young adults, and encourage community engagement.

Grants are awarded out of the foundation’s ADM Cares program, which has three main avenues of giving: Strong Roots, Strong Bonds, and Strong Communities.

Strong Roots fosters sustainable agricultural development in the U.S. and abroad, while the Strong Bonds program prioritizes employee engagement and volunteerism and awards grants to aid in disaster relief efforts around the world. The Strong Communities program centers its grantmaking on efforts to build vibrant communities and support vulnerable populations.  

ADM grant amounts vary widely in size and range from a few thousand dollars to $10 million. For now, it looks as though the foundation has some relatively large multi-year investments with a number of its grantees. So, would-be grantees may find it difficult to get the foundation’s funding attention. That being said, ADM does accept unsolicited grant applications throughout the year.


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