Cargill Inc.: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: Cargill’s public health grants centers on food security, food waste, nutrition, and food safety.

IP TAKE: The company supports domestic and international organizations that work in regions of the world where Cargill has a business presence.

PROFILE: Cargill Inc.’s corporate giving program functions separately from the Cargill Foundation, which limits its grantmaking to Minnesota’s Twin Cities region. Grantseekers should not confuse Cargill’s corporate giving program with that of the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies or the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, which are separate entities. The Cargill Foundation supports education, childhood nutrition, and arts & culture.

Founded by William Wallace Cargill in 1865, Cargill’s corporate giving program is the philanthropic vehicle for the global agricultural commodities company. This program prioritizes food security and nutrition, education, and environmental stewardship.

Its public health grantmaking supports organizations that “address hunger, food waste, food safety, and other issues.” The foundation funds organizations both in the United States and abroad. Past grantees include Feeding America and Second Harvest Heartland. Cargill only offers grants for specific projects and programs. It does not award grants for general or ongoing operational support.

Cargill also does not release information regarding grant amounts or points of contact for its corporate giving program. Grantseekers should contact Cargill Foundation staff for more information. Cargill accepts unsolicited grant applications online.


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