The Foundation makes grants and investments based on the following criteria (which use the acronym FIRST):


  • FOCUS on marine exploration, protection and education

  • IMPACT of measurable, meaningful results that add value to people's lives and the health of their environment 

  • REPLICABLE in other locations and/or on a larger scale

  • SATISFACTION, even fun, results from the projects undertaken

  • TAKING CREDIT for the Foundation, thereby building its brand and inspiring others  


Preference in funding consideration is given to institutional partners with established track records and to multi-year commitments with defined terms and measurable outcomes (3 to 5 years).

Hercules, an ocean exploration ROV operated by OET from NAUTILUS

Coastal cleanup with local NGOs and school students in the Grenadines 

Marine mural painted on Carriacou island primary school wall