PADI Grants

PADI Foundation

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Deadline: Jan 15, 2021

Grant amount: Up to US $20,000

Fields of work: Fisheries Marine Biology Climate Change Resilience Marine/Ocean Conservation Freshwater Conservation

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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About this funder:



The PADI Foundation

The PADI FOUNDATION encourages and supports research and education related to aquatic environments. The Foundation will fund and assist worthwhile projects that either:

  • Enrich mankind's understanding of aquatic environments and encourage sensitivity to and protection of ecosystems.
  • Increase understanding of sport diving physics and physiology that will benefit the general diving public and add to the scientific understanding of man's relationship and ability to survive in the underwater environment.
  • Improve understanding of, and response to, hazards to humans and ecosystems related to climate change in coastal and ocean environments.

The PADI Foundation is an IRC Section 501 (c)(3) non-profit, tax exempt organization. It is a separate and distinct organization, corporately unrelated to PADI, Inc. and its affiliates, but funded through International PADI, Inc.

Since 1992, the Foundation has awarded almost $4.7 million to almost 900 projects. In 2018, there were over 400 grant applications of which 81 received grants aggregating $410,093. Each year, the Foundation will consider proposals with budgets up to $20,000 although the average for proposals will be on the order $5,000 to $10,000. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Foundation will generally not fund overhead or other indirect expenses.


This page was last reviewed April 20, 2020 and last updated April 20, 2020