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Ford Motor Company Celebrates 15 years of Conservation and Environmental Grants

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Ford Motor Company Conservation and Environmental Grants is celebrating its 15th year of helping communities with environmental projects in the Middle East, and the release of a new grant for projects in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) which forms part of Ford’s Middle East and Africa (MEA) region.

The program assists research and conservation projects as well as those focusing on energy efficiency, waste and water management, plus environmental education and awareness.

Ford Motor Company Conservation and Environmental Grants has allocated US$50 000 for projects in the SSA region, with the main focus on environmental sustainability. 

This unique and innovative global program gives university and college students, as well as non-profit organisations a chance to develop sustainable projects that will improve their communities.

Proposals are submitted to Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa for review, and the funds will be dispersed to the projects selected by the judging panel in order to further develop these initiatives.

“We’re delighted to make a $50 000 grantavailable to Sub-Saharan Africa, as the need grows for a greater focus on environmental sustainability for the future,” says Alisea Chetty, Corporate Communications Manager Sub Saharan Africa region. 

Programme History

Ford Motor Company’s Conservation and Environmental Grants programme supports grass-roots level environmental initiatives that support, preserve, or restore the local environment. The programme follows the Henry Ford European Conservation Awards, which was originated in Britain in the early 80's with the vision of encouraging a wide range of projects that support, preserve or restore the local environment, heritage and natural resources.

Since its inception in 1983, Ford has awarded more than $5 mil (USD) in grants to thousands of environmental projects in 60 countries through Asia, the Caribbean, Central America and the Middle East. The programme was created to empower individuals and non-profit groups donating their time and effort to preserve the environmental well-being of their communities. By providing necessary funding and visibility, we hope to encourage the multiplication of similar grassroots efforts that will serve as catalysts for change across the globe.

The Ford Grants supports ongoing and not-for-profit projects focused on Conservation Engineering, Protection of the Natural Environment, and environmental education. 

Since 2000, the programme has awarded almost $1.4 Million (USD), spread to 176 separate projects throughout the Middle East. Grants have supported projects that study and conserve the region’s rich biodiversity, recycling programmes, green building initiatives and work to raise conservation awareness.

  Winners are chosen by an independent panel of judges consisting of academics and leaders from regional environmental organisations. The judges are carefully selected based on geographical coverage, age and gender equality. They look for initiatives that demonstrate a well-defined sense of purpose, a commitment to maximising available resources, and a reputation for meeting objectives and delivering planned programmes and services.