Ecolab Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education


OVERVIEW: Ecolab Foundation, the philanthropic arm of its corporate namesake, gives to a broad swath of programs and interests, including education, community development, the environment, and arts and culture.

IP TAKE: Ecolab Foundation has a firm commitment to education—with K-12 a major focus area —so long as the programming occurs in an Ecolab community. The key program is Youth and Education, but support may also be available through both its Arts and Culture and Environment & Conservation streams.

PROFILE: Ecolab Foundation was established in 1986 by its corporate namesake, a company that describes itself as a “global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services.” The foundation’s overall giving is more than $80 million, with a focus on “educational, cultural, environmental, and community development programs that are good for business and good for society.”

Ecolab Foundation’s commitment to K-12 generally falls under its Youth and Education giving area (the largest of the foundation’s four giving areas), with a particular emphasis on at-risk youth. Given its corporate focus, it’s no surprise that the foundation is particularly committed to STEM education, so if your college readiness program is STEM-related, so much the better.

Another K-12 area worth exploring is Ecolab's Arts and Culture focus. The foundation emphasizes that in this funding area, many "operating grants are directed toward arts education for children and youth," citing the "strong correlation between involvement in the arts and intellectual development."

Similarly meriting consideration is the foundation's Environment & Conservation funding stream. As per the foundation, "environmental a priority in all areas of our business." In addition to conservancy and preservation work, Ecolab also "puts a high priority on teaching the value of conservation to young people," which it does by giving "grants for hands-on learning experiences...for youth from all walks of life to experience and appreciate the natural environment around us all."

The Ecolab Foundation also grants modest amounts (typically in the $1,000 - $3,000 range) to colleges and universities in its communities for those schools' scholarship programs.

      In terms of eligibility, you must be a 501(c)(3) and seeking to implement your K-12 education program in either St. Paul, Minnesota (where Ecolab is headquartered) or in one of the corporation’s 17 regional communities located throughout the U.S.


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