Toyota environmental activities grant program - accepting applications
Tokyo — TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) has begun accepting applications today for this year's1 Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program, which is designed to support environmental revitalization and conservation activities, both in Japan and overseas, for the purpose of sustainable development.
The program was established in commemoration of TMC's receipt of the Global 500 Award2 in 1999 from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and has been implemented every year since 2000 as part of TMC's environmental social contribution activities. This year marks the ninth year of its implementation.
The themes this year are "Global Warming Countermeasures" and "Biodiversity Conservation", representing serious and urgent issues for preserving the earth's environment. The grants will be provided to NPOs (excluding schools) and other private non-profit groups that are promoting practical projects in these areas. There are two categories of grant under the program: general grants, with no restriction on the implementation sites or on the grant amount per project and small-scale grants (targeting activities in Japan), with a limit on the grant amount per project and with simpler application procedures. In total, approximately 200 million yen in grants will be awarded for 2008.
For application guidelines and an overview of 2007 recipients, please see the attached "Toyota Environmental Activities Grant: Program Summary".
1 From April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009.2 Global 500 Award (1987-2003): Presented by UNEP to recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations in protecting and improving the environment. TMC in 1999 became the first Japanese corporation to receive the award, in recognition of its various achievements in environmental protection and improvement (such as being the world's first to mass-produce and sell hybrid vehicles) and its various corporate social contribution activities.
Toyota Environmental Activities Grant: Program Summary
Grant Themes"Global Warming Countermeasures" and "Biodiversity Conservation"
1. General Grants
There is no restriction regarding project implementation site(s) or limit on the grant amount per project. This grant targets projects aimed at environmental education activities and hands-on learning (or creating and providing the opportunities for such activities), as well as projects aimed at implementing experiment-based environmental technology at the community level.
2. Small-scale GrantsProjects should be implemented in Japan, with the maximum grant amount of two million yen per project. This grant targets practical, community-based grassroots activities aimed at protecting the local environment.Grant PeriodUp to three years for general grants and up to two years for small-scale grants (starting from January 2009).Application PeriodApril 25 to June 20, 2008 (applications must arrive by June 20)
Notification of Decision
The Selection Committee, consisting of seven experts from Japan and overseas, will review the applications and select grantees. Applicants will be notified in writing by the end of October 2008.Contact InformationInquiries regarding application procedures and further details about the program should be addressed to:Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program Secretariat
MBE Box 363, 2-3-6 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0004 JAPAN
Phone: +81-3-3272-1925 Fax: +81-3-3272-1926
Detailed information is available online at:
Selection Committee Membersw Name Title/Organization
Dr. Keiko Nakamura (Chair)Director General, JT Biohistory Research Hall (Japan)
Dr. Motoyuki SuzukiProfessor, University of the Air (Japan)
Dr. Eiji HosodaProfessor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University (Japan)
Dr. Ashok KhoslaPresident, Development Alternatives (India)
Dr. Peterson MyersCEO, Environmental Health Sciences and Board Chair, National Environmental Trust (U.S.A.)
Dr. Göran A. Persson Chairman, Euro-CASE Platform on Energy/ Environment (Sweden)
Mr. Toshiki HayamaManaging Officer, Toyota Motor Corporation (Japan)
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