This fall, the PADI AWARE Foundation™ will launch the new Mission Hub Community Grant Program, a cornerstone initiative to accelerate participation, education and advocacy for ocean protection.

The program will provide direct financial resources to PADI Mission Hubs and community-based non-profits to address key ocean threats like climate change, marine debris, marine habitat loss and marine species protection. For the 2021-2022 grant cycles, the Foundation is dedicating 12% of its public funds with a goal to substantially increase funding in the next two to five years.

The Community Grant Program tangibly exemplifies our commitment to the Foundation’s new mission to drive local action for global ocean conservation,” says Danna Moore, Global Director of PADI AWARE Foundation. “We simply cannot reach our collective conservation goals without working collaboratively with local communities.” says Moore.

Grants will be awarded to ocean protection initiatives and projects that directly advance the PADI Blueprint for Ocean Action, in direct support of the United Nations Decade of Science for Sustainable Development.

Grants for 2022 will focus on, but not be limited to:

  • Blue carbon habitat restoration and protection to mitigate carbon emissions
  • Marine debris citizen science to advocate for waste management policies
  • Adopt a Dive Site® participation to establish Marine Protected Areas
  • Coral reef restoration to mitigate coral habitat declines
  • Vulnerable marine species protection campaigns

As a publicly funded environmental charity, PADI AWARE Foundation relies on individual donors like you to achieve urgent ocean impact.

Learn more about what we have achieved together so far, where PADI AWARE Foundation uses your donations and how you can take the future of the ocean into your own hands by fundraising.

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