Caterpillar Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: Much like its global grantmaking, the Caterpillar Foundation’s domestic giving seeks to break the generational cycle of poverty. Areas of grantmaking include food security and safe and affordable housing.

IP TAKE: This foundation is all about addressing the “root causes” of poverty. Grantseekers whose work does not do the same likely won't have a great chance at obtaining funding from Caterpillar.

PROFILE: The philanthropic arm of the heavy machinery and equipment company, Caterpillar Foundation is perhaps best known for its global health and development grantmaking. But this major corporate funder should not be overlooked by groups promoting good health, food security, and safe and affordable housing in the U.S.

One of the primary goals of Caterpillar’s grantmaking in the U.S. and abroad is to break the generational cycle of poverty. Grantseekers working in the United States to achieve those ends are going to want to look into the foundation’s Basic Needs program.

Areas of grant making focus, as they pertain mainly to the foundation’s domestic grantmaking, include “increasing the availability of healthy, nutritious meals,” and “helping people find safe and affordable housing.”

In the field of food security, Caterpillar typically supports local food banks as well as large national organizations, such as Feeding America. The same can be said for its grant making in support of safe and affordable housing.

To learn more about the foundation’s grantees, explore its Grant Partners page.

Grant amounts range widely and appear to be dependent on the size of the organization as well as the size of the community being served. So, in general, the bigger the group, the bigger the award and vice-versa.

The Caterpillar Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or grant applications.

PEOPLE: 

  • Michele Sullivan, President
  • Jennifer Zammuto, Foundation Manager

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