PPG Industries Foundation: Grants for STEM Education

OVERVIEW: PPG broadly funds community improvement and education initiatives in the communities it serves. In terms of higher education, it facilitates student engagement with hands-on activities, enhances the skills of STEM educators, and STEM mentor programs.

IP TAKE: PPG tends to prioritize local and grassroots groups over established organizations. While it does not prioritize higher education, colleges and universities may have some success if their goals align with PPG’s mission. It predominately funds K-12 STEM education.

PROFILE: Since it was founded in 1883, PPG Industries has been committed to the communities in which it operates. The corporation’s charitable arm, the PPG Industries Foundation focuses its higher education grantmaking on Education and Community Sustainability

PPG’s Education program broadly focuses on STEM. For instance, the Innovative Classroom Grant “encourages student curiosity in science and math, offering grants up to $1,000 to local schools in PPG communities across the U.S.” by providing funding for things like new chemistry equipment or math software. In higher education, PPG partners with “community organizations, universities, and technical schools around the world” to support programs related to “science, technology, engineering and math, such as Collision Repair Training, Color Science, Ceramic Engineering, Chemistry and Material Science.” 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."

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.

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