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Ford Conservation Grants program in its 13th edition

The Saving vacant lots, participatory installation of ecological community gardens" was one of last year's grant winners.

The Saving vacant lots, participatory installation of ecological community gardens” was one of last year’s grant winners.

Ford announced Thursday the 13th edition of the Conservation and Environmental Grants, the annual program through which the automaker supports individuals and nonprofit organizations in projects that promote environmental conservation in Puerto Rico.

Lorraine Urdáz, communications and public affairs manager for Ford Puerto Rico, Caribbean and Central America, said through this program the company will award a total of $40,000 among the selected organizations.

“Every year we have the opportunity to support a group of organizations that has a tireless commitment to protecting the environment,” said Urdáz. “We are confident that this year dozens of groups and individuals will lead Puerto Rico closer to a sustainable future.”

For the first time this year, Ford Puerto Rico will post a digital application form on its Facebook page for proponents to submit proposals. This way, the brand seeks to minimize the need to print documents and to conserve resources.

Ford’s Conservation and Environmental Grants Program underlines the commitment of the automotive brand in acting as an agent of change by supporting projects aimed at protecting the environment and initiatives focused on educating the community about environmental awareness.

Since launching the program 13 years ago, Ford has awarded more than $440,000 in grants to more than 65 local organizations to promote environmental initiatives.

This program is open to all types of nonprofit conservation projects already in progress, under the following categories: engineering activities of conservation, environmental education, environmental protection, preservation, restoration, conservation, education, research and management of natural and environmental resources, among others.

The deadline for submissions is Sept. 22, 2014.

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