Ford Motor Company has pledged RM150,000 to its 2012 Conservation and Environmental Grants programme in Malaysia. The grant will be made available to deserving local projects dedicated to environmental protection.

Ford and its dealership partner, Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC), are calling on all individuals, community and non-profit groups with projects in the areas of natural environment preservation, environmental education and conservation engineering to submit their proposals by November 30.

Employees and customers of Ford and SDAC, as well as members of the general public, are also invited to contribute on behalf of relevant causes or projects that they support. They can help by creating awareness of the grant or even assist in completing the application and submission process.

“This programme is one of the many ways Ford goes further to preserve the environment and improve quality of life in the communities where we operate. By involving employees, customers and the general public, we are inviting all Malaysians to go further with us to work towards a better world,” said David Westerman, regional manager, Asia Pacific, Ford Export & Growth Operations.

Since launching the global grants programme in 1983, Ford has awarded more than US$2 million in grants to hundreds of environmental projects in 60 countries, spanning Asia Pacific, the Caribbean, Central America, the Middle East and Puerto Rico. Donations have benefited projects in school and community gardens, scientific research, environment educational map design, media campaigns on environmental issues, development of organic farms, the breeding of endangered species and relocation of wildlife, among others.

The official grant application form can be downloaded from www.ford.net.my.