Ecolab Foundation: Grants for Marine Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Ecolab Foundation supports youth, education, community development, the environment, conservation, and arts and culture.

IP TAKE: Ecolab Foundation supports organizations that promote the safety, preservation, and access of marines, rivers, and other bodies of water. The foundation prioritizes programs with a community education component. Grantmaking is restricted to the areas in which its corporate sister has a presence. 

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 giving seeks is sister company's "commitment to society" in order to "[contribute] to the quality of life in the communities in which it operates." Its programs support arts and culture, WASH projects, environment and conservation, youth and education, and civic and community development

Ecolab Foundation’s commitment to marines, rivers, and other bodies of water falls under the foundation's Giving Programs, and more specifically within the foundation's focus on Environment & Conservation (one of four focus areas for the foundation). The foundation is particularly interested in supporting "hands-on environmental learning programs." In addition, while its Solutions for Life program prioritizes WASH programs around the world through collaborations with NGOs, global philanthropy and employee volunteerism, it also supports grant seekers who are working to conserve water. Its Water Conservation and Protection subprogram believes that in less than 20 years, the world will need "about 40 percent more water than today's accessible supply to maintain food production, generate electricity and provide clean drinking water." As a result, the foundation leverages its resources and expertise to "conserve life-sustaining water resources where [the corporation] live[s] and work[s]." Rather than focusing directly on marine conservation, the program focuses on water as it relates to human consumption. Ecolab has also partnered with the Nature Conservancy and Project WET to further its mission. Past grantees include the the Deep Portage Conservation Reserve; the Mississippi River Fund; and The Wetlands Initiative

Grantseekers should note that their nonprofit needs to be based in and/or affect 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. Grants range from a few thousand to tens of thousands. 

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