Ford India announces the launch of its Conservation & Environmental Grants programme in India. This financial grants programme will support projects in the areas of environmental protection, conservation and preservation of historical and cultural heritage.
The programme follows the Henry Ford Conservation Awards, which has been running for 17 years in Europe. Since its launch, over 15,000 projects involving 110,000 individuals have participated in the Awards.
This year the programme, which will be known as the Ford Conservation & Environmental Grants, is expanding to cover many countries in Asia where Ford operates.
"Ford is very pleased to announce this programme in India. This is one way of supporting ingenious environmental solutions for Indians by Indian" said Phil Spender, Managing Director, Ford India.
The grant programme is open to projects in five categories: Natural Environment, Conservation Engineering, Heritage, Environmental Education and Youth projects.
Natural Environment includes conservation of flora and fauna or their habitats. Conservation Engineering focuses on reducing consumption of natural resources: extraction of power from the sun, wind and water; recycling and pollution reduction. Environmental education involves spreading awareness about the need for preservation among Indians.
Projects that fall under any of the above categories but is organized by children aged 18 and below will be judged under the last category, Youth projects.
Individuals, organizations and community groups with projects under the said categories are welcome to participate. Application forms and programme rules will be available shortly at various locations across India.
Applications will be reviewed by a panel, which will determine the grant recipient(s). Panel members will be selected from environmental leaders from various sectors such as the academe, media, non-governmental organizations and the government.
The last date for accepting applications is 15 October 2000. Interested applicants can call Ford India Public Affairs office at 04114-54375 ext. 3316.
Bhuvana Ramalingam, FIL, Chennai
Phone: 04114 - 54375, Extn. 3316
For more information, visit www.india.ford.com