26 June 2018

Ford: Conservation and Environmental Grants in the Middle East and North Africa

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Ford Motor Company's Conservation and Environmental Grants programme has become an annual event in the Middle East and North Africa. Since its inception in 2000, the GCC/Levant chapter of the Ford Grants has supported more than 200 projects with $1.71 million granted to date.

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.

Over the past 17 years, Ford’s green initiative has seen support and praise from various governmental and non-governmental environmental authorities including the World Wide Fund for Nature, the Emirates Wildlife Society and the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED). In 2015, the programme was extended to cover Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco.

The Ford Grants support ongoing and non-profit projects focused on Conservation Engineering, Protection of the Natural Environment and Environmental Education. For 2018, a total of US$105,000 is available for deserving initiatives in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Yemen.

The theme for this year’s World Environment Day, which coincides with the launch of the 2018 Conservation and Environmental Grants programme, is “beating plastic pollution”, and Ford is increasing the total fund offering with a $5,000 special category grant for the project that best displays a plan to tackle the scourge of plastic on our environment.

Projects in the past year alone have helped tackle the issue of turtle by-catch in Tunisia, supported Morocco-based project “Go Energyless” in producing and supplying low-cost coolers made of clay and other natural materials to local communities, and helped students change community perceptions of conservation through the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature in Jordan’s Nature Ranger programme.

Entries are accepted from ongoing and not-for-profit projects from the following countries only: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Yemen. Projects that are still in the planning or proposal stages cannot be considered.

To apply, please download the form here.

Applications will be received until 15 July 2018.

For Further information and to submit your form, please email fmegrant@ford.com.

Please refer to Terms and Conditions here.

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