17.06.2012 - UNESCO Office in Amman

Applications for small environmental grants now open! UNESCO Doha joins hands with Ford Motor Company

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UNESCO Doha joins hands with Ford Motor Company to drive awareness of conservation and environmental grants and is calling small non-profit projects focused on conservation engineering, protection of the natural environment and environmental education to apply for small grants. A total of US$100,000 is available for initiatives from the gulf countries and the Levant region, including Jordan. Supported by the UNESCO Office in Doha, the programme are now open until 10 July 2012 for receiving applications for grants.

An independent panel of jurors consisting of nine experts and academics from environmental agencies and institutions will choose the winning projects. The jury panel , which has been carefully selected in cooperation with UNESCO Doha, based on geographical coverage, experience and gender equality, will look for initiatives that demonstrate a well-defined sense of purpose, a commitment to maximizing available resources, and a reputation for meeting objectives and delivering planned programmes and services.

The Ford Motor Company has been helping grass roots level environmental initiatives every year since 2000, by awarding small grants of a total of US$ 100,000 dollars each year to deserving projects. Over US$ 1.2 million have been granted to more than 130 environmental initiatives. The winners in 2011 included projects saving coral reefs and protecting marine resources in Kuwait, Oman and the UAE, initiatives in Lebanon that engage communities to recycle for a good cause, become eco-police and protect natural resources, setting up community theatres to inculcate environmental awareness in Jordan, volunteerism to collect and segregate plastic waste in Kuwait, and many more.

Individuals, community and non-profit groups that have projects currently running in the areas of preservation of the natural environment, environmental education and conservation engineering can apply. For further information on the grant and application form please refer to the following link www.me.ford.com/en/jor/about/environment/overview

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