OVERVIEW: PPG facilitates student engagement with hands-on activities, enhances the skills of STEM educators, and supports STEM mentor programs.
IP TAKE: PPG tends to prioritize local and grassroots groups rather than established organizations.
PROFILE: Since it was founded in 1883, PPG Industries has been committed to the communities in which it operates. The charitable arm of its corporate sister, the PPG Industries Foundation focuses its grantmaking on education and community sustainability.
The foundation creates the basis for a skilled workforce within the communities it has a corporate presence. It does so by supporting education projects that facilitate research and development, manufacturing, information technology and industries related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professions. PPG believes it is meeting the demands of tomorrow's changing world by "investing in the next generation of innovators." PPG ultimately seeks to "excite youth about STEM and the world of possibilities it holds, and also support more advanced learning and career pursuits in specific fields of interest."
PPG partners with community organizations, technical schools, colleges, and universities around the world to prepare and advance the next generation of STEM professionals. The foundation supports a variety of activities that include not only traditional STEM , but other, perhaps less studied areas such as collision repair training, color science, ceramic engineering, and material science.
Grants range from $1,000 to $15,000. PPG also offers in-kind support in addition to its grants. To receive more information regarding PPGs grantmaking programs, grantseekers should contact their local agents. The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.
- Sue Sloan, Executive Director