July 26, 2004

Shell Environmental Fund awards nearly $400K for community-based projects

CALGARY, ALTA-Resuming its funding awards after a brief hiatus, the Shell Environmental Fund (SEF) granted nearly $400,000 last month to help community and environmental groups begin action-oriented projects to improve or protect the Canadian environment. The SEF's five regional panels made the allocations as follows: British Columbia/Yukon, $32,200; Prairies/NWT, $60,640; Ontario, $83,740; Quebec/Nunavut, $121,258; and Atlantic, $92,508, for a total of $390,346. Launched in 1990, the Fund marked a major milestone at the end of 2003 when the program reached the $10 million mark in total grants. After a short hiatus to review the program, Shell relaunched the SEF on Earth Day, 2004 (ELW May 3, 2004). Five regional panels make the funding decisions, each panel consisting of one Shell staff member and three representatives of local environmental organizations. The panels meet twice a year to review applications. The next deadline for applications is October 1, 2004. More information is available on the SEF Web site, www.shell.ca/sef, or from Linda Anne Sharp, 403/691-3774 (in Quebec, Nicole Belval, 514/356-7036).
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