In an effort to increase environmental and conservation awareness among UAE students the Ford Motor Company initiative is making available this year grants worth $90,000 for similar projects in the GCC countries, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. “The Ford Grants are very important, and we certainly hope they will continue to grow in this region,” said Dr Hassan Al Hosani, vice president of the Environment Friends Society. “The grant we won in 2000 was a big help to us. Our aim is to reach every one of the 340,000 students in the UAE, and last year's grant has helped us to get closer to this objective."Grants are available to individuals, community groups or other non-profit organisations, in support of on-going projects to be selected by a panel of distinguished Middle East environmental authorities. Since receiving $14,000 in last year’s Ford Motor Company Conservation & Environmental Grants, the Abu Dhabi-based Environment Friends Society has been able to reinforce its ongoing teacher-training programme, which could next be extended regionally. The cash boost from the Ford Grants helped the society bring in overseas environmental experts to lecture UAE teachers in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah earlier this year. Projects eligible for the grants should fall into one of four areas – natural environment, environmental education, conservation engineering, and the preservation of historical and cultural heritage. Applicants in the UAE can get entry forms from the offices of the Emirates Environmental Group in Dubai and the Environmental Research & Wildlife Development Agency in Abu Dhabi. Entries are accepted with immediate effect until 1 October 2001.Application forms, as well as information about the programme in English and Arabic, are also available on www.ford-environmentalgrants.com where participants can download the application forms, or keep in touch with regular news and updates on the Ford Motor Company Conservation and Environmental Grants.
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