Mosaic Company Foundation: Grants for Marine Conservation

OVERVIEW: Mosaic awards grants to marine conservation organizations operating in areas of the world where the company has an operational presence.

IP TAKE: Mosaic limits its grants to 10 percent of the applying organizations annual operating budget and 50 percent of the program’s annual budget.

PROFILE: Established in Plymouth, Minnesota around 2009, the Mosaic Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the crop nutrition company Mosaic. The company itself was established when IMC Global and Cargill Inc.’s crop nutrition division merged. The foundation’s main objective is  “[h]elp grow the food the world needs,” and focuses its grantmaking on supporting hunger relief, food insecurity, global agricultural development programs focusing on smallholder farmers, agricultural research and water conservation.

The foundation calls water “[t]he greatest limiting factor to growing more food and addresses water conservation by focusing on encouraging habitat conservation, biodiversity and habitat protection, water ecosystem management and watershed restoration.

Mosaic grants can range anywhere from $500 to $500,000 though most grants fall in the $1,000 to $50,000 range. Past marine conservation grantees include the Nutrient Stewardship Council, which focuses its work on improving water quality and Ducks Unlimited, which conserves and managers wetlands associated with waterfowl.

The Mosaic Company Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding. Deadlines for submissions fall four times per year around the end of March, June, September and December. Deadlines are subject to change and grantseekers are encouraged to check the foundation’s website to stay abreast of such changes.

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