Shell Oil Company Offers Grants for Environment, Community, and Education

Shell makes monetary grants to nonprofit organizations within the U.S. Priority consideration will be given to organizations in or near communities where Shell Oil Company or its affiliates in the United States have a major presence.

Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to submit proposals if they meet our general eligibility criteria and contribution guidelines. Shell prohibits 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.

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. Focus areas for funding are:


Focus on biodiversity initiatives with support to programs that restore critical eco systems, 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.


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.

Eligibility Criteria

Shell supports a wide range of charitable organizations that are tax-exempt in the United States, under Section 501(c) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Shell will not consider contributions for the following purposes:

  • Individuals
  • Private Foundations
  • Non-profit organizations without a current 501(c) 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

Submit an Application

Completion of an eligibility quiz is required to begin the application process. If your request meets eligibility and aligns within Shell strategic funding guidelines of community, education, and environment, please submit your application via link below.

Your application must include a brief statement describing the program(s) purpose, alignment to Shell guidelines and quantifiable outcomes. Please be prepared to submit an IRS statement that validates your organizations 501(c) tax status.

Please allow four to six weeks for review of applications. For status updates on an existing application, please log in

Due to overwhelming volume of requests, we are unable to fund many worthy applications. Please ensure that your request is aligned with Shell guidelines for maximum success.

To request a grant, visit Shell’s Grant Application System

For more information, click here.

Note: Funding activities for Shell Oil Company are dedicated strictly to interests in the U.S. For activities outside of the U.S., contact the Shell Company in your country or click here for information on the international Shell Foundation.

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