Emerson Charitable Trust: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Emerson Charitable Trust supports a variety of higher education institutions across the country. It does not name specific areas of study or programs to which it gives funding priority.

IP TAKE: This funder awards grants higher education institutions to support costs to maintain and expand programs, capital costs and address community needs. The trust is not clear about its funding approach and eligibility requirements.

PROFILE: The Emerson Charitable Trust is the philanthropic arm Emerson Industrial Automation. Founded in 1975, the foundation supports organizations “[i]mproving quality of life, promoting volunteerism and increasing the impact of (the trust’s) contributed funds. Emerson focuses its grantmaking efforts on education, health and human services, arts and culture and civic needs.

The trust’s education program supports higher education institutions and organizations that are “[d]eveloping and training future generations through schools, universities and related programs.” Emerson is not further transparent about its higher education grantmaking.

Higher education grants range from $10,000 to $150,000. Past grantees in this space include University of Dayton, which received a grant for its Helix Innovation Center; and St. Louis University, which received funding to support general operating costs. Click here to learn more about select Emerson grantees. The trust awards grants to higher education institutions across the United States, however; it prioritizes organizations located in regions in which Emerson has an employee and business presence.

The Emerson Charitable Trust accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding.


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Emerson Charitable Trust

8000 West Florissant Avenue

P.O. Box 41000

St. Louis, Missouri 63136