Seven nonprofit organizations will be able to continue their education, rescue and environmental preservation efforts upon being selected to receive a total of $40,000 from Ford Motor Co.’s Conservation and Environmental Grants program, now in its 11th year.
This year, the winning projects cover a broad range of areas related to the conservation of the environment and aim to address issues such as ecological education, restoration of waste lands, coral preservation, conservation of water sources and island keys, as well as use of compost for community sanitation.
“Today we recognize those who are truly committed to positively impacting society for the benefit of our generation and future generations,” said Andrew Frick, general manager for the Asia-Pacific, Caribbean and Central American region of Ford International Business Development.
“Conserving the environment is not a mere trend; it guarantees quality of life which leads to a better society for all,” he said. “That’s why we appreciate these organizations that work hard every day to fulfill this life mission.”
This year, Ford celebrates eleven years of supporting community initiatives to promote environment conservation in Puerto Rico through its environmental grants program. The program was created in 2001 to help individuals and nonprofit organizations in the island that donated their time and effort to preserve the environment in their communities.
Since its launch, Ford has granted more than $400,000 in grants to more than 60 local organizations.
This year’s winners are: “Watermark: A Youth Conservation Project,” which received $6,500; “Planting Green Life in the East,” $1,710; “Program seminars on rat eradication on Puerto Rico’s keys,” $3,570; “Saving vacant lots, participatory installation of ecological community gardens,” $9,555; Jardín del Cielo, $3,000; Second phase of “Toilette a Compost,” $9,665; and “Expansion of the nurseries and elkhorn coral expansion project,” $6,000.