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Ford opens 12th annual environmental awards cycle

The Saving vacant lots, participatory installation of ecological community gardens" is one of the seven selected projects to receive Ford environmental grants.

The Saving vacant lots, participatory installation of ecological community gardens” was one of last year’s seven projects that received Ford environmental grants.

Ford Puerto Rico announced Monday the 12th edition of its “Conservation and Environment Grants Program” to help individuals and nonprofit organizations on the island in projects that promote environmental welfare.

Since the program’s launch, Ford has awarded more than $400,000 in grants to more than 65 local organizations to promote their environmental initiatives.

This year, Ford will grant a total of $40,000 to eligible participants who have until May 17 to submit their application, said Mark Buzzell, director for Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Central America Ford International Business Development.

Last year, the company benefited seven local groups through the program, that Buzzell described as “one of the largest in the world dedicated to environmental conservation.”

The 2012 list of winners included projects covering 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.

For more information on the application process, visit www.ford.com.pr.

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