Pentair Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Pentair Foundation supports philanthropic causes in the communities where Pentair has a presence. Its giving prioritizes water usage and water rights.

IP TAKE: This funder makes both grants and in-kind donations, but it only periodically releases information about upcoming grant cycles. Check the foundation’s website regularly to see if there are any open proposals.

PROFILE: Established in 1998 as the philanthropic arm of the global water, fluid, and thermal equipment protection multinational corporation, the Pentair Foundation dedicates its grantmaking on “[l]arge scale societal needs.” The foundation’s current areas of grantmaking focus include water, food, and building sustainability into its operations and products.

While the foundation does not name higher education as an area of grantmaking focus, its tax filings indicate an interest in this field. Institutions may seek funding if their goals align with the foundation’s mission. Past higher education grantees include the Dunwoody College of Technology and the Minnesota State University Foundation. In addition to grants, the foundation also offers an employee donation-matching program. Pentair will match gifts up to $5,000 per year to educational institutions, and $1,000 per year to other non-profits.

Foundation-wide, grant amounts can go as high as $300,000; however, most grants fall in the $2,000 to $25,000. The foundation generally releases information on the next grant cycle in the third quarter of each year, so interested grantseekers should check the foundation’s website regularly. The deadline to submit applications typically falls on October 1 of every year; however, this date is subject to change.

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