Professional Association of Dive Instructors Foundation: Grants for Marine Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Professional Association of Dive Instructors Foundation supports research and education programs related to the protection of marine ecosystems.

IP TAKE: This funder offers individuals funding to support their marine-related research.

PROFILE: Established in 1992, the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI) Foundation is the philanthropic arm of PADI, the “world’s largest scuba diving training organization.” The foundation receives its funding through PADI but operates as a separate entity. Overall, the foundation seeks to “encourage and support research and education related to aquatic environments.”

PADI’s marine conservation related grantmaking supports projects, organizations, or individuals that:

  • Enrich humanity’s understanding of aquatic environments and help to protect marine ecosystems.
  • Increase understanding of sport diving physics and physiology that benefits the general diving public and adds to the scientific understanding of human’s ability to survive in an underwater environment.
  • Improves understanding of and responses to climate change hazards in coastal and ocean environments.

Grants are modest, and range between $1,500 and $10,000. The foundation commits its funding to individuals that work on a wide variety of marine conservation research projects. In the past, the foundation awarded grants to support studies involving biodiversity conservation, seagrass ecosystem resilience, and identifying disease-resistant and thermal-tolerant genotypes. LCAOF awards grants for project support and does not typically award grants for general operating support.

To learn more about the types of organizations the foundation supports, explore the recent grants page. The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding from November 1 to February 1.

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