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.

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.

The Ecology Center

$65,000 | July 2012

With a commitment to educating, inspiring and involving the community in the stewardship of Southern California farmland, The Ecology Center is helping people connect with their food. In partnership with the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, The Ecology Center is expanding its Food Lab, which features three distinct programs, including an on-site food shed experience, farm-to-fork cooking classes for primary school children, and its Grow Your Own! program to provide resources and gardening expertise and materials to local schools.

$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.

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

$1,000,000  |  October 2010

Traditionally, Chipotle’s annual Halloween promotion gave customers a free entrée when they visited a Chipotle restaurant dressed like a foil-wrapped burrito. But in 2010, Chipotle partnered with Jamie’s Food Revolution to take the event in a new direction and created Boorito 2010: The Horrors of Processed Food. Customers were instead encouraged to dress like horrifying processed food products and rewarded with a $2 entrée with the proceeds going to the Food Revolution. In addition to raising awareness about the amount of processed food in our society (and generating some memorable costumes for an online contest), the event raised $1 Million for the Food Revolution to support their efforts to get better food into schools and encourage more home cooking.