Shell Foundation Grant

Shell Oil Company

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Shell is a leading oil and gas producer in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, a recognized pioneer in oil and gas exploration and production technology and one of America’s leading oil and natural gas producers, gasoline and natural gas marketers and petrochemical manufacturers.

Shell makes monetary grants to nonprofit organizations within the U.S. Shell will consider charitable contributions to eligible nonprofit organizations.

Focus Areas for Funding

Focus on civic and human needs in the community while promoting healthy lifestyles, major and cultural arts that promote access to underserved students and communities, and disaster relief efforts. We fund a broad array of community outreach projects, particularly in areas where our employees work and live. These projects range from local neighborhood improvement efforts to regional non-profit organizations. We are especially interested in supporting groups that reflect the diversity and inclusiveness of our communities, which is a Shell core value.

Focus on energy awareness with special publics, increasing interest in technical careers among students and professional development in science and math among educators. We support K-12 programs that boost math and science skills, as well as university programs that aid engineering and geoscience students and departments. Shell funds projects at vocational and technical schools where chemical and refinery operators and technicians are trained. We are especially interested in supporting educational outreach in math, science and technology to women/minority students and academic institutions with ethnically diverse enrollments.

Focus on biodiversity initiatives with support to programs that restore critical ecosystems, address water, air quality research, preserve wetlands and sponsor wetlands initiatives. As part of our commitment to environmental stewardship, we support projects that restore and protect critical ecosystems. In addition to restoration and preservation efforts, we fund research projects for threatened wildlife and/or habitats.

Grant Policy

Shell U.S. contributes to qualifying non-profit organizations, principally in communities where Shell has infrastructure or a significant number of employees. To maximize the impact of our charitable giving within our budgetary limits, we will limit our contributions to one grant application per organization per calendar year, and we will not provide repetitive annual grants or continuing support for organizations or programs. We will review applications from organizations that have received previous support from Shell as new requests and will evaluate the request in relation to other submitted applications and budgetary considerations. Applications funded in any one year are not assured of future funding. Please include all programs you would like to be considered for funding. If renewed funding is desired, the organization should submit an additional request. Shell and Motiva prohibit discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, citizenship, genetic information, or other protected status under federal, state or local laws.

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    • Shell supports a wide range of charitable organizations that are tax-exempt in the United States, under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
    • Generally, the purpose of the organization, event or program must be to provide goods or services for low-income and low-middle income persons in need, and the organization, event or program must benefit persons or communities served by Shell locations.
    • The event or program must be aligned with Shell guidelines for maximum success.
    • Contributions are limited to one grant application per organization per calendar year.


    • Shell will consider charitable contributions to eligible nonprofit organizations with priority consideration given to organizations serving in or near US communities where Shell has a major presence.


    • Shell will not consider contributions for the following purposes:
      • Individuals
      • Private Foundations
      • Non-profit organizations without a current 501(c)(3) exempt status
      • Conferences or symposia
      • Endowment funds
      • Fraternal and labor organizations
      • Capital campaigns
      • Conferences, workshops, or seminars not directly related to Shell business interests
      • Religious organizations that do not serve the general public on a non-denominational basis
      • Organizations located in or benefiting nations other than U.S. and its territories
      • Organizational operating expenses
    • Shell will not provide repetitive annual grants or continuing support for organizations or programs.

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