Partners In Education (PIE)

The Partners in Education Program began in St. Charles Parish in 1987.  The program’s objectives are to: 

  • Increase self-esteem among students and teachers
  • Improve the understanding of the education system
  • Assist the school system in preparing students for the workplace
  • Enhance the understanding of the needs of business and industry
  • Provide enrichment for students and improve student understanding of the value of education as it relates to becoming productive citizens.

The Norco Manufacturing Complex is in partnership with three St. Charles Parish Public Schools – Norco Elementary School,  Harry M. Hurst Middle School and Destrehan High School.  The Norco Manufacturing Complex is also in partnership with the Louisiana Technical College-Reserve Campus providient PTEC scholarships and volunteers to serve on the various LTC committees.   

River Parishes Education Foundation (formerly R.P. Education Initiatives)

Established by Shell Norco in 1990, RPEI is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 coalition made up educators, government, business/industry and other interested partners representing St. Charles, St. James and St. John parishes. The goals are to enhance the quality of education; increase the number of skilled workers for the future; increase community awareness by addressing education issues, and encourage parents to become involved in their children’s education. Since its inception the group has worked to define/address specific problems facing the school systems, educate business/industry about the school system; provide successful learning tips/suggestions for parent-teacher communication, produce materials to promote parent/community involvement, hosted school-to-career conferences and workshops; and provide annual teacher grants. The organization has moved forward in becoming a foundation to provide scholarships and grants.


Philanthropic donations provide for the flexibility of discretionary funding for opportunities addressing pressing community needs. Unlike other petrochemical industries in the Baton Rouge/New Orleans corridor, the Norco community is a company town and fenceline community. These monetary donations aid in building and maintaining sustainable stakeholder/industry relationships.

Contribution Guidelines

Program Areas

Norco Manufacturing Complex will consider charitable contributions to eligible non-profit organizations for select programs that fall within our focused areas of contributions:

Education – We support our local school district, with a primary focus on Destrehan High School, Harry Hurst Middle School and Norco Elementary School for a variety of educational initiatives.   We pay special attention to K-12 programs that boost math and science skills and prepare future industry workforce for both engineering and technical programs.  

Workforce Development – The need for skilled technical workers continues to play a critical role in our industry’s success, and NMC seeks to help upskill potential workers.

Environment & Biodiversity – Protecting the environment is a top priority of our site and our employees.   As part of this commitment, we support local projects that promote environmental stewardship, including wildlife conservation and/or habitat projects.

Civic & Community Need – We focus our civic and community needs support primarily in the town of Norco and St. Charles Parish.  We fund projects ranging from area-wide business and economic development initiatives to local neighborhood efforts.

Geographic Focus

The Norco Manufacturing Complex will prioritize charitable contributions to eligible non-profit organizations in the town of Norco and St. Charles Parish.

Note:  Shell Corporate Social Investment may consider a donation requests from geographic areas outside of our local areas.   Please refer your application to this group.

Eligibility Criteria

The Norco Manufacturing Complex 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. However, we will not consider contributions for the following purposes:

  • Individuals
  • Private foundations
  • Non-profit organizations without a current 501(c)(3) exempt status
  • 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

The Norco Manufacturing Complex reviews unsolicited proposals on a regular basis, but due to the large volume of requests that we receive, we cannot fund every proposal.

Submit an Application

If your request falls within our focused areas of contribution and meets our eligibility requirements, please submit your proposal via our online grant application. You must complete all required fields in order for The Norco Manufacturing Complex to consider your request.  Your application should include a brief statement describing the mission of your organization, amount requested (including itemized budget information for the Shell funds on this specific project) and the purpose of the contribution. All required documentation is asked for at the time the application is submitted. 

Norco Manufacturing Complex only accepts electronic proposals for community funding requests. All final decisions are published to your account page on the website listed below. Please allow up to sixty (60) days for a final decision

Online Grant Form

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