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Caterpiller Foundation

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    Funder Type

    Private Foundation

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Caterpiller Foundation


    Since 1952, the Caterpillar Foundation has been dedicated to transforming lives in the communities where we live and work around the world. Together with our partners, we champion programs that support education, environment, and basic human needs which help people help themselves out of poverty. The Caterpillar Foundation's mission is to alleviate poverty and place people on the path to prosperity.

    Their Key Areas of Focus:
    • Education: Access to a quality education helps break the cycle of generational poverty, contributes to business growth and builds strong economies. Programs target four vital areas:
      • Numeracy and literacy  Helping individuals build the academic foundation to thrive in society
      • Science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM)) Building proficiency in subjects that enable people to succeed in the global economy
      • Mentoring & leadership  Improving youth academic performance through essential skills development
      • Workforce readiness Providing the basic skills and training needed to find and maintain quality employment
    • Environment: Protecting and preserving the environment while building the local economy is critical to long-term sustainable development. Programs focus on building awareness of and advocating the importance of: 
      • Natural Resource Management in economic growth and development
      • Building awareness and advocating land erosion prevention
      • Promoting soil conservation
      • Reducing pollution
      • Encouraging reforestation
    • Basic Needs: When peoples basic human needs are met, they are able to more effectively pursue economic and education opportunities. Caterpillar contributes to these needs by:
      • Food Increasing the availability of healthy, nutritious meals
      • Water Improving access to clean water and sanitation
      • Shelter Helping people find safe, affordable housing
      • Energy Ensuring access to modern energy services and safe cooking technologies
      • Disaster relief Responding to those impacted by natural disasters

    History of Funding

    Over the last 62 years, they have invested more than $600 million in organizations and programs all geared towards sustainable progress for all.

    Additional Information

    The Foundation does not fund
    • Organizations that might in anyway pose a conflict with Caterpillars mission, goals, programs, products or employees
    • Capital campaigns (infrastructure, expansion, renovation, equipment, etc.)
    • Development or production of books, videos, films or television programs, research papers or articles in professional journals
    • Student scholarships or fellowships
    • Hospitals
    • Product or service donations
    • Research grants
    • Groups or projects that discriminate or restrict services based on factors of race, color, sex (including pregnancy), age, disability, veteran status, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, domestic partner status, genetic information or citizenship status. The Caterpillar Foundation reserves the right to reject requests from organizations that discriminate or for projects that do not reflect the general principles of Caterpillar's Code of Conduct and Our Values In Action


    Caterpiller Foundation Staff

    Caterpiller Foundation Staff
    501 Southwest Jefferson Avenue,
    Peoria, IL 61630
    (888) 614-4328

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are primarily in areas of company operations in North Little Rock, AR, Tucson, AZ, San Diego, CA, Griffin, LaGrange, and Spalding, GA, Aurora, Decatur, Joliet, and Pontiac, IL, Franklin and Lafayette, IN, Wamego, KS, Danville, KY, Minneapolis, MN, Boonville and West Plains, MO, Boonville, Corinth, and Prentiss, MS, Cary, Clayton, Morgantown, Sanford, and Winston-Salem, NC, Fargo, ND, Sumter, SC, Victoria, TX, and Milwaukee, WI, with emphasis on Peoria, IL.

    Deadline Details

    Applications may be submitted online at any time at:

    Award Details

    Individual award amounts vary.

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