Ford grants $40K for environmental conservation

Yogani Govender, Education, Science and Policy Manager of Para La Naturaleza, who was on hand during the awards ceremony. Yogani Govender, Education, Science and Policy Manager of Para La Naturaleza, who was on hand during the awards ceremony.

Ten Puerto Rican nonprofit organizations will be expanding their environmental conservation efforts this year after being awarded a total of $40,000 through Ford Motor Company’s Environmental Grants Program.

Through the Environmental Grants, Ford maintains its commitment to act as agent of change in Puerto Rico, supporting diverse projects focused on protecting the environment and educating the community on the road towards a more sustainable future.

This year, among the winning projects there are groups that will develop vegetable gardens in schools, rehabilitate coral reefs on the north coast and protect the environmentally diverse wetlands, among other initiatives.

“Today we recognize those who live committed to promoting positive change in our society for the benefit of current and future generations,” said Lorraine Urdaz, communications and public affairs manager for Ford in Puerto Rico, Caribbean and Central America. “Protecting the environment is a matter of quality of life and of building a better society. This is why we congratulate and lend a hand to these organizations, which take very seriously their commitment with the environment.”

Since the launch of the Environmental Grants program in Puerto Rico, Ford has donated more than $480,000 in grants to more than 60 organizations that lead their respective communities towards achieving this shared goal.

As in prior years, the Environmental Grants Program was made possible with the support of various public and private entities. During this grant cycle Ford received the highest number of proposals the program has received to date, with 83 local projects competing for grants.

The group of five independent judges that evaluated every proposal chose 10 winners and granted $12,381 for the development of community gardens, $13,679 for environmental conservation and $13,940 for educational efforts.

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