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The 2013 Ford Motor Company Conservation and Environmental Grants Winners
​​Lebanon Lebanese Center for Active Citizenship Project: Recycling and Composting of Organic Waste in Bebnine, Akkar Grant: U.S. $10,000

Al Safadi Foundation Project:
Save the River (Sarkhat Nahr) Grant: U.S. $5,000

Lebanese Solar Energy Society Project: EcoTruck Grant: U.S. $10,000

Jordan The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature Project: Integrating Falconry Display in a Unique Safari Program in Eastern Jordan at Shaumari Wildlife Reserve Grant: U.S. $7,000

Ahmad Jamil Al Kofahi Project: Household Guide for Safe Use of Household Chemicals Grant: U.S. $5,000

United Arab Emirates 
Emira
tes Diving Association Project: Urchins vs Fish: Who will help our reefs under climate change? Grant: U.S. $5,750

New York University Abu Dhabi Project: Enhancing coral reef recovery in the Arabian Gulf Grant: U.S. $5,750

Biosphere Expeditions Project: Involving Local People and the Community in Desert Species Conservation in the UAE Grant: U.S. $5,000

Iraq 
Independent Media in Kurdistan Project: Save the Water Grant: U.S. $2,500

Qatar Georgetown University – Qatar Project: 
Georgetown Recycles! Grant: U.S. $7,500 Saudi Arabia Aishah Abdallah Project: Curriculum Design for Wilderness L
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 Ford to Help Environmental Projects in Middle East

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DUBAI, UAE – Ford Motor Company will award U.S. $100,000 in Conservation and Environmental Grants to help fund existing environmental projects in the Middle East. For the first time, the programme will include environmental projects in Yemen in addition to the Gulf Cooperation Council, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 14.

The Ford Grants program, which helps grass-roots level projects, is responsible for more than 150 successful green initiatives.

More than $1 million has been allocated since the program started in 2000, helping projects that study and conserve the region’s rich biodiversity, support recycling schemes and green building initiatives and raise conservation awareness. The Ford Grants program is one of the largest corporate initiatives of its kind in the region, created to empower individuals and non-profit groups that are donating their time and efforts to preserve the environmental well-being of their communities.

The grants programme has had a significant financial impact in Lebanon, where 37 projects received grants totaling U.S. $322,500. In the Gulf, green projects from Saudi Arabia received the largest amount of support with a total of U.S. $193,000 given to organisations in the Kingdom since 2000. Environmental projects in Oman received nearly U.S. $160,000 in funding, while United Arab Emirates’-based projects were given U.S. $149,500.

“As we look back on the programme’s heritage in the region, we are increasingly aware of the impact the Ford Grants could have had on the local communities where we serve our customers, supporting environmental groups and helping educate the public on important issues,” said Kalyana Sivagnanam, director of Ford Middle East and North Africa. “We are proud of the Ford Grants initiative in this region and of all the projects it has helped go further.”

In 2013, 17 environmental projects from Lebanon, Jordan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iraq also received grants. The entries showed diverse methods of promoting environmental awareness and conservation across a broad spectrum of communities in the region. Themes ranged from awareness campaigns on saving water and sorting waste and on renewable energy, a smartphone app allowing users to conduct simple energy audits at home and share with neighbours and many more.

Individuals, community and non-profit groups that have projects currently running in the areas of preservation of the natural environment, environmental education or conservation engineering can apply via the online form (http://fordmegrants.com/en) until Sept. 14 for a chance to share the total grants of U.S. $100,000. Eligible countries are Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Yemen.

The Ford Motor Company Conservation and Environmental Grants has received support from various governmental and non-governmental environmental authorities from around the Middle East, including the World Wide Fund for Nature, the Emirates Wildlife Society, the Arab Forum for Environment and Development and UNESCO Doha.

Winners are chosen by an independent panel of jurors consisting of academics and experts from environmental organisations. The judges –selected in association with UNESCO Doha based on geographical coverage, age and gender equality – look for initiatives that demonstrate a well-defined sense of purpose, a commitment to maximizing available resources, and a reputation for meeting objectives and delivering planned programmes and services.

For more information visit http://me.ford.com​ or write to fmegrant@ford.com.

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8/14/2014 3:00 PM