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Published on October 22nd, 2012 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Ford Pledges RM150,000 to Conservation and Environmental Grants for Malaysia; Announces Open Call for Applications

Ford Motor Company has just pledged RM150,000 to its 2012 Conservation and Environmental Grants programme in Malaysia. The grant will be made available to deserving local projects dedicated to environmental protection and underscores Ford’s commitment to the market and its communities. In its more than 10-year history in Asia Pacific, the grants programme has supported multiple organisations with significant fund injections for winning projects.
Ford and its dealership partner, Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC), are calling on all individuals, community and non-profit groups with projects in the areas of natural environment preservation, environmental education and conservation engineering to submit their proposals by 30 November.
Employees and customers of Ford and SDAC, as well as members of the general public, are also invited to contribute on behalf of relevant causes or projects that they support. They can help by creating awareness of the grant or even assist in completing the application and submission process.
“This programme is one of the many ways Ford goes further to preserve the environment and improve quality of life in the communities where we operate,” said David Westerman, regional manager, Asia Pacific, Ford Export & Growth Operations, “By involving employees, customers and the general public, we are inviting all Malaysians to go further with us to work towards a better world.”
The company’s donations have benefited projects in school and community gardens, scientific research, environment educational map design, media campaigns on environmental issues, development of organic farms, the breeding of endangered species and relocation of wildlife, among others.
Applying for Ford’s 2012 Malaysia Conservation and Environmental Grants Programme
The call for submissions starts today. All proposals should reach the organisers by midnight, 30 November and must be made on the official application form with details on the specific project and required funding.
The official grant application form can be downloaded from www.ford.net.my.
An appointed jury panel, comprised of independent experts in conservation and environmental protection, Ford and SDAC representatives, will select winners based on the following criteria:

Usefulness and practicality
Financial need
Potential to replicate the programme

Judges will also rate applications based on whether they demonstrate a well-defined sense of purpose and a commitment to maximising available resources.
Grant applications can be submitted in one of three ways:

By email to [email protected]
By fax to 03.2026.0699; Attention to: Calvin Foong, Sime Darby Auto Connexion, c/o Hill+Knowlton
By mail or courier to Calvin Foong, Sime Darby Auto Connexion, c/o Hill+Knowlton, 7th floor, Wisma Genting, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur

For more information about the 2012 Ford Conservation and Environmental Grants in Malaysia, visit www.ford.net.my.
About the Conservation and Environmental Grants Programme
Since launching the global grants programme in 1983, Ford has awarded more than US$2 million in grants to hundreds of environmental projects in 60 countries, spanning Asia Pacific, the Caribbean, Central America, the Middle East and Puerto Rico.
In Asia Pacific alone, Ford has played a pivotal role in advancing environmental initiatives and the Conservation and Environmental Grants programme has become an annual event in select markets within Ford Export & Growth’s Asia Pacific region.
“Environmental conservation, protection and education are integral to what we do, both as product innovators and members of the communities we do business in,” said Westerman. “The benefits this worldwide Ford initiative brings to the communities it touches have been profound, far-reaching and will have impacts that last generations.”
Ford Motor Company is dedicated to preserving the environment for future generations and providing ingenious environmental solutions that contribute to a sustainable planet. Initiatives such as Ford’s Conservation and Environmental Grants programme evidence a commitment to encourage, support and reward the actions of individuals, groups and non-profit organisations in achieving the same goal.

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