Jun 20, 2012

$9.7 Million Awarded for Water Stewardship

The Coca-Cola Foundation is funding the grants to support its global priority areas

The Coca-Cola Foundation—the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company—awarded $26 million to 85 community organizations, including $9.7 million in grants for water stewardship, during the first quarter. The grants support the Foundation's global priority areas.

The water stewardship grants will benefit:

·       2 million people worldwide with improved access to clean water or sanitation;

·       3.1 billion liters of water will be conserved; 48 tons of debris will be collected; and

·       8.9 million people will benefit from increased water conservation and education.

Organizations receiving grant funding from The Coca-Cola Foundation include:

·       ACF Stakeholders, Inc., Sustainable Water Management Plan, benefiting residents of 80 counties in Georgia, Alabama and Florida, United States, $50,000;

·       Bonneville Environmental Foundation, East Fork Bear River Water Restoration Certificate Project, benefiting watershed conservation efforts and providing protection for the Bonneville cutthroat trout and other state-listed sensitive species, United States, $250,000;

·       The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation -- Global Environment & Technology Foundation, Replenish Africa Initiative, benefiting two million people in 17 African countries with improved access to water and sanitation services, Africa, $7 million;

·       Earth Day Network Philippines, Inc., Agos Ram Pump Project, to provide access to water and sanitation for more than 15,000 residents of 12 upland communities, Philippines, $279,630;

·       Landcare Australia Ltd., Coca-Cola & Landcare Australia Watershed Protection and Regeneration Program 2012, supporting 12 community water quality improvement projects, Australia, $102,000;

·       Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (Dodecanese, Greece), Rainwater Harvesting Program, to support installation of rainwater harvesting projects, Greece, $300,000;

·       Plan International India Chapter, Improving Water and Sanitation Facilities in Indian Schools, benefiting 10,000 children in 50 schools, India, $249,984;

·       Pronatura Mexico, A.C., Catch Water Ponds in Five Communities in Mexico, to support the rebuilding of five rainwater catchment ponds, benefiting 2,000 people, Mexico, $500,000;

·       Pronatura Mexico, A.C., Drip Irrigation Systems, benefiting 500 small farmers with irrigation systems for backyard vegetable gardens, Mexico, $100,000;

·       Thames21 Limited, Big Waterways Clean Up 2012, an initiative to organize 4,000 volunteers to clear London-area rivers and canals of debris in advance of the 2012 Olympic Games, Great Britain, $40,000;

·       UN-Habitat, Schools for Wash and Groundwater Recharge Promotion South Asia, benefiting 30,000 children by providing improved water, sanitation facilities and rainwater harvesting structures in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, $750,000;

·       Urban Farming, Inc., Urban Farming/Coca-Cola Rain Barrel Harvesting Project, to support installation of rainwater harvesting and irrigation systems in Ohio and Michigan, United States, $100,000; and

·       Water Environment Federation, U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize, to support the 2012 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition in the U.S., benefiting students and schools participating in water-related science projects and education, United States, $25,000.