PADI Foundation

The PADI Foundation encourages and supports underwater science, environmental projects, and education. The Foundation will fund and assist worthwhile projects that will enrich mankind’s understanding of the aquatic environment and encourage sensitivity to and protection of the delicate ecological balance of underwater life. The Foundation will also fund worthwhile projects to 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. The PADI Foundation is an IRC Section 501 (c)(3) public non-profit, tax exempt organization. It is a separate and distinct organization, corporately unrelated to PADI, Inc. and its affiliates.

Since 1992, the Foundation has awarded almost $4.0 million to almost 900 projects. In 2016, there were almost 418 grant applications of which 69 received grants aggregating $329,114. 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. The Foundation will generally not fund overhead or other indirect expenses.

All applications must be submitted beginning November 1, 2016 and no later than February 1, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by May 10, 2017 and funds will be disbursed shortly thereafter.

We are now using Common Grant Application, a web-based management program, to receive and administer your grant proposals. Carefully review the PADI Foundation 2017 Electronic Grant Submission Guidelines below.

The following is a list of new instructions on how to submit an application:

1. If you are new, please register on the Common Grant Application website or if you already have an account go to the login.

2. You will be given the option to go to Continue to Dashboard or Continue to Application.

3. If you have any questions about using the Common Grant Application site, please contact the Common Grant Application directly. The contact information can be found by going to and the Contact tab. They may also be reached by phone at: +1 (310) 490-1277.

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