Environmental Groups Awarded $100,000 Through Grants In Gear Program




The Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) has teamed up with Summerhill Impact to launch a new granting initiative, Grants In Gear. This nationwide program will provide funding to four Canadian Environmental nonprofit organizations or entrepreneurial groups.

Key Points Of the Program:

• Grant Applications can be made until November 22, 2013; 

• $100,000 in charitable funds will be shared between four chosen applications, worth a maximum of $25,000 each; 

• The Green Recycled Parts Impact Award, worth up to an additional $5,000, will be given to the applicant who is best able to show how the grant will be used to help them further achieve their long term goal.

ARC Consists of approximately 400 vehicle recyclers and dismantlers from across Canada whose businesses achieve great results for the environment in areas of waste diversion, energy savings, emissions reductions and pollution prevention. ARC members collectively recycle an average of 400,000 cars each year, diverting nearly 400,000 metric tons from landfills. More than 80 percent of the entire vehicle by weight is reused, remanufactured or recycled saving an estimated 80 million barrels of oil annually that would be required to produce new replacement parts. In addition, the amount of toxic oils and fluids safely reclaimed by auto recyclers is equivalent to eight Exxon Valdez disasters every year.

“ARC members are community-based, small businesses that properly recycle end-of-life vehicles to the Canadian Auto Recyclers Environmental Code,” stated Steve Fletcher, Managing Director of ARC. “We started the Grants In Gear program to recognize our members, and to give back to like-minded enterprises that represent the core elements of our membership - local, sustainable, and striving to improve Canadian society.”

Those interested in applying are encouraged to contact Caroline Sturk at Summerhill to discuss their project in more detail (416-922-2448 x 286, csturk@summerhill.com). The application package and more information can be found at http://autorecyclers.ca/grants-in-gear-funding/ and applications will be accepted until midnight (EDT) on November 22, 2013. The Grants In Gear team will evaluate applications through a three-phrase scoring system. In the initial phase, Summerhill Impact will ensure that applicants have followed the rules set out in the Application Guide. Proposals that follow the set criteria will then be passed to the selection committee who will give a score out of 100. The Green Recycled Parts Impact Award Section will be scored separately.

For more information, visit www.autorecyclers.ca or www.summerhill.com.

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