Celanese Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Celanese Foundation supports higher education institutions around the country.

IP TAKE: This funder tends to award unrestricted or general operating support grants rather than project specific grants. Celanese does not award many higher education grants each year.

PROFILE: The Celanese Foundation was established in 2013 and is an “[e]mployee-led effort dedicated to improving the life for people around the world.” The foundation is the philanthropic arm of Celanese, a global technology and special materials company. The foundation’s grantmaking aims to improve basic living conditions, with a focus on children. Grantmaking programs include Families, Primary Education and Safe Places to Live & Grow.

The Celanese Foundation does not have a grantmaking program dedicated to higher education institutions and organizations, however; the foundation’s tax filings indicate in funding interest in the higher education space.

Celanese grant amounts are generally on the modest side, often ranging from $500 to $5,000. Past higher education grantees include Texas Christian University located in Fort Worth, Texas and the State University College (Oneonta) located in Oneonta, New York.

The Celanese Foundation accepts unsolicited grant requests; however, Celanese employee interest and active support determines funding.

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