The PADI Foundation awarded more than $330,000 US in grants in 2019 to encourage and support research and education related to marine environments. Every year, the PADI Foundation funds worthwhile projects that improve understanding of: aquatic environments and encourage protection of ecosystems; people’s relationship and ability to survive in the underwater environment to benefit the scientific community and general diving public; hazards to humans and ecosystems related to climate change in coastal and ocean environments to advance response measures.
Since 1992, the PADI Foundation has awarded nearly $4.7 million US to almost 900 projects. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the PADI Foundation is a separate and distinct organization, corporately unrelated to PADI® and its affiliates, but was established and is funded by PADI.
In 2019, out of more than 400 grant applications 64 projects were selected to receive a total of $332,568 US in grant money. Projects in 20 countries around the globe were funded, including:
- Exploring unique Omani kelp forests to transform global underwater forest conservation
- Coral monitoring and restoration in Utila, Honduras
- Spatial ecology from above: Incorporating drones in identifying populations and habitats of dugongs and sea turtles in Johor, Malaysia
- PADI Foundation Leaders Initiative Scholarship: Developing diverse marine science leaders through education and mentorship
- Implication to water quality in the context of climate change: Nutrients and potential mobility of phosphorus in mangrove sediments with different land use pattern in southern Vietnam
- Assessing the conservation status and developing awareness of sharks and rays in the northern coastline of Cameroon
- Partnering with the offshore sailing community to monitor marine microplastic pollution
- Mapping and modeling of the Seattle Fault tsunami inundation in Puget Sound
- Implementing disease intervention strategies on corals in the southeast Florida reef tract and assessing their potential impact on mucus microbial communities
- Zooplankton plastivory: First approach on microplastics in Antarctic coastal environments
“The recipients of the PADI Foundation grants reinforce my hope for the future and share in our mission to be a force for good,” says Drew Richardson, President and CEO of PADI Worldwide. “These individuals are combining their unique talents and passion to identify issues, provide understanding and solutions to mitigate the problems that threaten our ocean planet, and further enable and encourage underwater exploration. The PADI organization is honored to support them in their efforts, both at the local level and on a global scale.”
Each year, the PADI Foundation Board of Directors and advisory council of subject matter experts consider proposals with budgets up to $20,000 US, although the average award ranges from $5,000 to $10,000 US. Applications for consideration in 2020 may be submitted beginning 1 November 2019, and no later than 10 January 2020. Learn more at www.padifoundation.org.