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 approaching the $81 million mark, 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 libraries and literacy falls partly under the foundation's commitment to Youth and Education (the largest dollar-getter of the foundation’s four focus areas), with a particular emphasis on at-risk youth.
If your literacy program extends into adult learners and/or community libraries, cash flows through the foundation's Community Grants pot. And speaking of community: your litearcy or library program needs to be based in either the St. Paul, Minnesota area (where Ecolab is headquartered) or in one of the corporation’s 17 regional communities located throughout the U.S.
Recent grantees include the St. Paul Public Library (MN) for $150,000; Reading Connections (Greensboro, NC) for $5,000; the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System (Columbus, MS) for $2,500; Literacy Volunteers of Fort Bend County (Sugarland, TX) for $2,000; Literacy Support Council of Placer County (CA) for $500; First Book (Washington, D.C.) for $200; and the Literacy Center of West Michigan for $200.