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Friday, August 25, 2000 11:43AM IST (6:13AM GMT)
New Delhi, Delhi, India

Ford India, today flagged off the Conservation and Environmental Grants programme in India. The grants, totalling Rs. 18 lakhs, will be disbursed to individuals, environmental organisations and community groups actively involved in the area of environment conservation. An independent panel of judges will review the applications and select the projects for the grants. The decision of the judges will be announced in November 2000.
The grants programme is open to five types of conservation initiatives that are actually running in the year 2000. These are:

Natural environment (i.e., projects that protect the local flora and fauna);

Heritage conservation (i.e., projects that protect man-made aspects of heritage, such as artwork, historically significant buildings or places, and other architecturally significant objects);

Conservation engineering (i.e., projects that reduce the rate of consumption of natural resources, or reduce the rate or pollution);

Environment education (i.e., projects that aim to improve awareness and sensitivity to the natural environment); and

Child and youth projects (i.e., conservation projects whose main members are young people aged 18 or under)

The application forms are available at all Ford and IPAN offices, Ford dealerships in India and will soon be posted on the websites www.india.ford.com and www.ipan.com. The last date for submission of the form is October 15, 2000.

The Conservation and Environmental Grants programme is a sequel to Henry Ford Conservation Awards, which have been running in Europe for 17 years. The Henry Ford programme was instituted with a vision to encouraging a wide range of people/organisations to initiate or join schemes that help their local environment, heritage and natural resources. Until last year, almost 14 thousand projects were completed and 110,000 individuals have participated in these grants programme worldwide. This year, Ford Motor Company is introducing it in India and several countries in the Asia Pacific region.

Mr William Clay Ford, Jr., Chairman, Ford Motor Company, said, "Every day thousands of unsung heroes commit their time and energies to save endangered species, protect the natural environment and conserve historical buildings. Their work deserves to be more widely known and, as a major global organization committed to environmental stewardship in its own right, Ford Motor company is proud to be able to reward these important initiatives."

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Phil Spender, Managing Director, Ford India, said, "Ford is deeply committed to Corporate Citizenship & Environment Leadership. We have initiated several projects in this area. We have supplied advanced testing equipment to the Pune-based Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) that will assist the government in ensuring that Indian automobile products follow emission norms. Our brand new plant in Maraimalainagar has been set up to meet all Environment norms. All Ford IKONs across the country are Euro-compliant, well ahead of government deadlines. We are now happy to launch the Conservation and Environmental Grants Programme in India."

All applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges, selected from various walks of life like academia, industry, media and the government. Each application will be considered based on the usefulness and practicality of the project, the dedication and commitment of its participants, financial need, the track record of the project and its replicability. Dr. R K Pachauri, Director, Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI), Prof. Dilip Biswas, Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board and noted environmentalist Mr M C Mehta have consented to be part of the panel. Names of two more judges will be announced shortly.

Mr Spender said, "We want to make a difference. We want to contribute towards making a better world. We know that the task is huge & the road will be difficult. We have made up our minds to actively participate and focus on making it happen."

Interested applicants may call Ford India Public Affairs office at 04114-54375 ext. 3314. fax: 04114-54276 and IPAN office at 011-375 5192. fax – 011-371 4713 or mail to Ford India Limited, Public Affairs office, S.P. Koil Post, Chengalpattu- 603 204, Chennai and IPAN, 310, Mercantile House, 15, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi – 110 001.

Bhuvana Ramalingam, FIL, Chennai
Phone: 04114 - 54375, Extn. 3316
Fax: 04114-54276
E-mail: rbhuvana@ford.com
For more information, visit www.india.ford.com

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