PPG Industries Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: PPG Industries Foundation supports education, community sustainability and employee engagement in the areas where its parent corporation operates. PPG generously funds STEM education through schools and other organizations.

IP TAKE: PPG Industries Foundation is a generous supporter of STEM education. It mainly serves the communities in which its employees live and work, but funds projects of national importance, as well. This funder accepts proposals through its online application portal.

PROFILE: PPG Industries Foundation, the philanthropic sister of its corporate namesake, was established in the early 1950s as a means of giving back to the communities in which PPG employees live and work in the U.S. and abroad. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PPG, formerly Pittsburgh Plate Glass, funds education, community sustainability and employee engagement, with more than half of its grantmaking directed toward education. PPG’s initiatives within its education program are available to schools and other organizations that promote interest and excellence in STEM learning and career development.

Since the foundation maintains a broad approach to its grantmaking, it does not name specific programs through which it conducts its work. Past grantees include Science on the Road, a collaboration between PPG Industries and the Carnegie Science Center. The program brings high-interest, hands-on science programs to schools. The foundation has supported multiple STEM programs for girls, including the PBS program SciGirls and workshops for teachers and Girl Scout troop leaders. Profiles of other funded projects can be explored on PPG’s education funding page.

Yearly funding for education programs ranges between $3 and $5 million, with individual grant sizes varying greatly depending on project scope and need.

The foundation accepts proposals via its on-line application portal.

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