Caterpillar Foundation: Grants for Marine Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Caterpillar Foundation supports organizations that alleviate the root causes of poverty, focusing on education, the environment, and basic needs.

IP TAKE: This funder does not award many marine conservation grants each year. Grantseekers should expect a good deal of competition when approaching Caterpillar for funding. 

PROFILE: The Caterpillar Foundation was established in 1952 as the philanthropic arm of the Peoria, Illinois based heavy machinery company, Caterpillar. The foundation works with partners around the world to “alleviate poverty and place people on the path to prosperity.” It invests in education, the environment, and basic needs.

Caterpillar awards marine conservation-related grantmaking through its larger environmental grantmaking program. This program supports projects associated with natural resource management, soil conservation, pollution reduction, reforestation, and long-term sustainable development advocacy.

Foundation-wide, grants can range from a few hundred dollars to a few million; however, most marine conservation grants range from $1,000 to $10,000. Past grantees include the Colorado Water Trust and the Heartland Water Resources of Council of Central Illinois. To learn more about select grantees, explore the foundation’s partners page.

The Caterpillar Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or grant applications. Those invited to apply for a grant must submit their applications between February 1 and July 1.


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