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Ford Awards USD12,000 in 2013 Conservation and Environmental Grants Program for Mongolia



Ford Awards USD12,000 in 2013 Conservation and Environmental Grants Program for Mongolia

· Following the inaugural success of the first Ford Conservation and Environmental Grants in Mongolia in 2012, Ford brings program back for second year

· Grant winners announced today in Ulaanbaatar, including projects in environmental education, protection of the Tsagaan Tohomt region and the promotion of sustainable community gardens

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia, Friday, 1 Nov, 2013 – Ford Motor Company today announced the winners of its 2013 Conservation and Environmental Grants Program in Mongolia. The projects will receive a combined total of USD12,000 to help carry out their missions of environmental protection.

The 2013 Ford Conservation and Environmental Grants winners in Mongolia are the following four organizations and their respective projects:

The Uilsiin Titem NGO for their education program to further the development of students in fields of the environmental sciences and ecology

The Nomads of Altai NGO for their proposal to protect and preserve the fragile Khovd province area

The “Community Group” NGO to build new “dreaming” community garden in the Songinokhairkhan district

“This program is one of the many ways in which Ford goes further to help make a better world – by preserving the environment and improving lives in the communities where we operate,” said Brion Gopigian, Government and Commercial Sales Manager, Asia Pacific Emerging Markets Services, Ford Motor Company.

“Educating others on environmental conservation is very important to Ford, and we hope that we can continue to help and support all of our communities’ in the future,” he said.


The Mongolia program was announced earlier this year. Wagner Asia Automotive, LLC – Ford’s authorized dealership in Mongolia – fielded all the applications which were submitted by a range of organizations, including NGOs, community groups, academics and scientists and public entities.

“Following last year’s success, we are very excited to continue the programme in Mongolia. This year, we received a huge number of truly great proposals,” added Gopigian.

The proposals ranged from improving and rehabilitating local water sources, encouraging environmentally friendly community development and spurring green construction methods, to building environmental educational facilities and programs.


From the submissions, an independent jury panel, comprised of experts in different areas of conservation - including Togtokh Chuluun, an advisor to the Minister of Environment and Green Development and A. Enkhbat, Director of the Clean Technology and Science Division of the Ministry of Environment and Green Development - narrowed the field down to 10 finalists based on the following criteria: usefulness and practicality, dedication, financial need, originality and potential to be replicated in other communities.

About the Conservation and Environmental Grants Program

Since launching the global grants program more than ten years ago, Ford has awarded more than US$2 million in grants to hundreds of environmental projects in Asia Pacific, the Caribbean, Central America, the Middle East and Puerto Rico.

In Asia Pacific alone, Ford has played a pivotal role in advancing more than 60 environmental initiatives and Ford’s Conservation and Environmental Grants program has become an annual event in select markets within Export & Growth’s Asia Pacific region.

Ford Motor Company is dedicated to preserving the environment for future generations and providing ingenious environmental solutions that contribute to a sustainable planet. Initiatives such as Ford’s Conservation and Environmental Grants program evidence a commitment to encourage support and reward the actions of individuals, groups and non-profit organizations in achieving the same goal.

Ford in Mongolia
The Ford brand debuted in Mongolia in 1999 with the opening of Ford’s first importer-dealer in the country, Wagner Ford, now Wager Asia Automotive, LLC. Since then, Ford and Wagner have introduced global Ford vehicles that are well-adapted for Mongolia’s tough terrain and extreme driving conditions.

Ford’s expanding product lineup in Mongolia includes the Ford Transit, the F150, the Ford Focus, and the all-new Ford Ranger.

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