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Paying It Forward for the Ocean

100% of funds from 2022 Member Renewals will support local communities through the new Community Grant Program

This fall, the PADI AWARE Foundation will launch the new 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 emissionsMarine debris citizen science to advocate for waste management policiesAdopt a Dive Site participation to establish Marine Protected AreasCoral reef restoration to mitigate coral habitat declinesVulnerable marine species protection campaigns

PADI AWARE Foundation will allocate 100% of donations from the 2022 PADI Member Renewal to the Community Grant Program. As a publicly funded environmental charity, the PADI AWARE Foundation relies on individual donors like you to achieve urgent ocean impact.

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