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 grants programme has supported at least 130 projects with more than $1 million granted to date.

The programme has seen support 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 & Development (AFED). And it gives us great pleasure to announce that we’ve partnered with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to further increase our reach in the Middle East.

In 2011, the Ford Motor Company Conservation & Environmental Grants – supported by UNESCO – will provide support to creative projects focused on Conservation Engineering, Protection of the Natural Environment and Environmental Education. A total of US$100,000 is available for the 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, monitoring sea turtles and monk seals on Syrian coasts, growing environmental clubs in schools all around the region, cleaning up beaches in Jordan and the UAE, protecting mangroves in Saudi Arabia, saving the Arabian Leopard in the mountains of Oman and many more.

If you’re currently working on an environmental non-profit project and need funding support, please complete your application form and submit it no later than 10 September 2011!

Source: Ford Middle East – Saudi Arabia