PPG Industries Foundation: Grants for College STEM

OVERVIEW: The PPG Industries Foundation focuses its college STEM funding on helping students engage in hands-on activities, enhancing the skills of STEM educators, and supporting STEM mentor programs.

IP TAKE: While this is not the most approachable corporate funder, PPG tends to favor local, and grassroots groups that make the most of less funding.

PROFILE: PPG Industries was founded in 1883, and has dedicated itself to the communities in which it operates since then. The charitable arm of its corporate sister, the PPG Industries Foundation seeks to “help young people develop an interest and skills […] in subjects that could equip them to succeed tomorrow in fields such as research and development, manufacturing, information technology and science, technology, engineering and math.” The foundation also helps communities “meet pressing needs, and revitalize buildings and community spaces.” The foundation prioritizes investing in youth stem education and STEM professions.

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 wide variety of activities that include both traditional STEM subjects and less traditional areas of study, such as collision repair training, color science, ceramic engineering, and material science.

PPG’s grants tend to be rather modest across the foundation’s giving. Grants range from $1,000 to $15,000. Fortunately, this funder makes several awards to a variety of organizations rather than simply awarding  a handful of big grants to a small number of organizations. PPG also offers in-kind support in addition to its grants.

To receive more information regarding PPG’s programs, grantseekers should contact their local agents. The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

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