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Ford Motor Company's Conservation & Environmental Grants programme has become an annual event in the Middle East. Since its inception in 2000, the GCC/Levant chapter of the Ford Grants has supported at least 150 projects with more than $1.3 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 decade, 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, the Arab Forum for Environment & Development (AFED), and most recently, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO Doha).
The Ford Grants support ongoing and non-profit projects focused on Conservation Engineering, Protection of the Natural Environment and Environmental Education. For 2013, a total of US$100,000 is available for deserving initiatives.
Past projects that have benefited from the Ford Grants in the GCC and Levant countries include whale and dolphin research projects, saving coral reefs in Oman and Kuwait, growing environmental clubs in schools all around the region, cleaning up beaches in Jordan and the UAE, protecting mangroves in Saudi Arabia, saving Arabian Leopards in the mountains of Oman and many more.
The GCC/Levant chapter of the Ford Grants accepts entries from ongoing and not-for-profit projects from the following countries only: Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Projects that are still in the planning or proposal stages cannot be considered.
The 2013 programme is now open and accepting applications until the 1st of July, 2013. This year, applicants are required to submit their entries through the Ford Grants app on the Ford Middle East Facebook page. Applications submitted through other channels will not be considered. For more information, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.