The PADI Foundation this year will award more than US$330,000 (~294,657 Euros) in grants. The funding goes to help education and research about the marine environment.
Since 1992, the foundation has awarded almost $4.7 million to various projects.
This year, the PADI Foundation supported projects in 20 countries after 64 projects were selected for support from 400 applicants. Diverse projects supported this year include:
- Coral restoration, and monitoring in Utila.
- Monitoring offshore microplastics by partnering with the offshore sailing community.
- Shark population monitoring and awareness off the northern coast of Cameroon.
Typically every year the PADI Foundation awards a series of grants for projects with a budget off up to US$20,000 (~17,858 Euros), although the majority range from $5,000 to $10,000.
Commenting on the grants for 2019, President and CEO of PADI Worldwide Drew Richardson stated:
“The recipients of the PADI Foundation grants reinforce my hope for the future and share in our mission to be a force for good. These individuals are combining their unique talents and passion to identify issues, provide understanding and solutions to mitigate the problems that threaten our ocean planet, and further enable and encourage underwater exploration. The PADI organization is honored to support them in their efforts, both at the local level and on a global scale.”
You can find out more about the PADI Foundation here.