ADM Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: 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 focuses its grantmaking on advancing sustainable agriculture, increasing food security, supporting hunger relief efforts, disaster relief and investing in education. ADM's education investments focus on advancing agricultural education and science, technology, math and engineering or STEM.

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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