Grants & Partners

Over the years, Chipotle Mexican Grill has made significant contributions to help fund initiatives that support sustainable agriculture, family farming, culinary education, and innovation that promotes better food. This has included such beneficiaries as Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, The Lunch Box, The Nature Conservancy, Niman Ranch Scholarship, Culinary Institute of America, The Land Institute, Veggie U, and The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation was established to continue the tradition of giving started by Chipotle.

Our grant making focuses on supporting family farms who are committed to sustainable farming practices, organizations that are working to develop an affordable, sustainable pasture-based system of animal production, and organizations promoting better food through innovation or education. Our foundation accepts grants by invitation only, but we are eager to hear about your organization and your project. You can contact us here to share information.

International Rescue Committee

International Rescue Committee

$500,000  |  2014

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people devastated by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their futures. At work in 25 U.S. cities and more than three dozen countries, the IRC restores safety, dignity, and hope to millions of families in need.

Each year, the IRC helps thousands of refugees who have been granted sanctuary in the United States to rebuild their lives. As part of the IRC’s broader resettlement efforts, the New Roots program enables refugees who have agrarian backgrounds and farming expertise to reestablish their ties to the land, celebrate their heritage, and nourish themselves and their neighbors by planting strong roots—literally—in their new communities.

Through a grant from the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, the IRC has created a MicroProducer Academy that is empowering more than ninety immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs in nine cities across the country. Each participant is putting their agricultural skills to work by growing culturally diverse and affordable produce in their new American communities. A subsequent grant is also enabling the IRC to pilot a food justice curriculum for high schoolers in four cities. With Chipotle’s support, the IRC is working to cultivate the next generation of conscious growers and consumers.

The Kitchen Community

The Kitchen Community

$250,000  |  2014

Dedicated to creating community through food, The Kitchen Community builds and supports Learning Gardens in underserved schools across the country. Learning Gardens are engaging outdoor classrooms and thriving vegetable gardens that connect kids to real food and empower them to make healthier food choices. They are designed to be a place where students want to learn and teachers want to teach. With the support of the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, The Kitchen Community is ushering in the cultural shift needed to nurture community through the access to fresh, nutritious food.

The Ecology Center

$100,000 | 2014

As part of The Ecology Center’s dedication to environmental and community change, Grow Your Own! supports school gardens and their leaders with mentorship, curriculum, materials, and resources to help create gardens that are beautiful, educational, and functional. With the generous support of the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, we are able to offer a 2-year Grow Your Own! program to schools throughout Orange and San Diego Counties. To learn more, please visit our digital community.

Food Corps

Food Corps

$500,000  |  2015

FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders who connect kids to real food and help them grow up healthy. These leaders are in limited-resource communities for a year of public service where they teach hands-on lessons about food and nutrition; build and tend school gardens, and teach cooking lessons; and help change what’s on lunch trays giving kids healthy food from local farms.

Glynwood Center

Glynwood Center

$50,000  |  2015

Glynwood’s mission is to ensure that farming thrives in the Hudson Valley. They farm, train farmers, promote regional food and collaborate to realize their vision. They work to advance regenerative agriculture that benefits the natural environment, energizes local economies, enhances human health and strengthens rural communities. Their vision is a Hudson Valley defined by food: where farmers prosper, food entrepreneurs succeed, residents are nourished and visitors are inspired.

PCC Farmland Trust

$40,000 | November 2012

PCC Farmland Trust secures, preserves and stewards threatened farmland in the Pacific Northwest to ensure that generations of local farmers productively farm using sustainable, organic methods. A grant from the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation is helping PCC to create a model to preserve threatened farmland in a way that supports the long-term viability of a local, organic food system that would otherwise be threatened by continuing development of farmland.

La Semilla Food Center

$55,000 | November 2012

Working with young people and families, La Semilla Food Center is building a healthy, self-reliant, fair and sustainable food system in the Paso del Norte region of Southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas — a colonia community as defined by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development by virtue of its proximity to the border, lack of basic services, and low-income populations. Through a grant from the Cultivate Foundation, La Semilla is upgrading its farm infrastructure to include an outdoor classroom and harvesting center, drip irrigation systems, and a cold storage unit to store fresh produce, and adding to its staff so it is better able to administer its programs.

National Immigrant Farming Initiative

$30,000 | November 2012

Rooted in diverse immigrant farmer experience, National Immigrant Farming Initiative (NIFI) strengthens the capacity of immigrants to farm successfully and to advance sustainable farming and food systems. With support from the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, NIFI will help immigrant and refugee farmers across the country smoothly transition into independent agriculture operations and successful farm businesses.

Pennsylvania Horticulture Society

$55,000 | July 2012

Pennsylvania Horticulture Society is working to inspire and motivate people to improve the quality of life and sense of community through gardening. A grant from the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation is allowing for the growth of its City Harvest Program, which is addressing Philadelphia's food desert problem by supporting local farms who offer organically grown produce in high need neighborhoods and educating recipients of donated food about issues so the can make more informed decisions when it comes to the food they eat.

$250,000  |  October 2011

Chipotle's Boorito Halloween fundraiser challenged customers to dress in a costume inspired by the family farm to raise awareness about the struggles facing many of these farms in the midst of an increasingly industrialized agriculture sector. Those who did were rewarded with a $2 burrito, order of tacos, burrito bowl or salad with the proceeds benefiting the Cultivate Foundation. We contributed $250,000 from this program to support Farm Aid, an organization whose mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America.

$96,000  |  May 2011

Chipotle's campaign in 2011 centered around celebrating its use of the best ingredients that it can find. To draw attention to this fact, the company started wrapping its burritos in gold foil as opposed to the traditional silver. It also held an online contest entitled "Wrap What You Love," which encouraged the public to wrap in gold anything they love as much as Chipotle loves its ingredients. The public could then vote on these items, with each vote triggering a donation to, a non-profit organization that helps small family farmers find markets for their products.

Nature Conservancy

Nature Conservancy

$100,000  |  April 2011

The Nature Conservancy focused its efforts on Earth Day 2011 through a campaign called Picnic for the Planet, which encouraged the public to have outdoor picnics and eat sustainably. Chipotle supported this effort with its Student Brand Managers on campuses across the country and by hosting picnics at various Chipotle restaurants. Additionally, Chipotle donated $100,000 to help promote sustainable agriculture and the conservation of farmland and aquifers.