Toyota City, Japan, April 6, 2018―Toyota Motor Corporation began accepting applications today for this year's Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program, which is designed to support environmental revitalization and conservation activities aimed at sustainable development.

The Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program was established in commemoration of Toyota's receipt of the Global 500 Award in 1999 from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and has been carried out every year since 2000 as part of Toyota's environmental social contribution activities, with this year marking the program's 19th year. The program aims to contribute to the resolution of environmental concerns and cultivate a new generation of leaders who will drive change on both a local and global basis.

This year's theme will be "Biodiversity Conservation" or "Climate Change." Grants will be provided to NPOs and other private, non-profit organizations and groups (excluding schools) that are promoting practical projects that correspond to the theme. These activities will become a part of initiatives aimed at meeting the goals set out in the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, which was announced in October 2015.

2017 Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program Recipients
Theme Project Description Organization Country
Climate Change Children's education and natural forest conservation toward harmony with the Maasai people's way of living and the environment Community Road Empowerment Kenya
Save the forests in Madagascar and make children smile! Ecology Online Madagascar
Conserving biodiversity with smallholder coffee producers in Kenya Rainforest Alliance Inc. Kenya
Biodiversity conservation survey for sustainable tourism development in Chele La Pass, Bhutan Japan Environmental Education Forum Bhutan
Conservation of rare Chinese peonies and promotion of community-led sustainable forest conservation in Bulgan, Mongolia OISCA-Japan Mongolia
"Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex Future Creation PJT" for sustainable environmental innovation Conference of Earth Environment from Akita Thailand
Citizenship for nature―a project to promote environmental awareness and develop local capacity to contribute to the protection of nature sites SPEA Portugal
Create a joint government-citizen patrol system in Primorsky Krai to prevent illegal logging in the Russian Far East WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) Japan Russia
Ecology survey and conservation of the wintering grounds of spoon-billed sandpipers in Myanmar BirdLife International Tokyo Myanmar
Community-led seedling business for diverse forest reclamation in Sarawak, Malaysia Japan-Malaysia Association Malaysia
Japan Biodiversity
Forest creation by Donguri Walkers in water source areas, Morikoro Park, and disaster-affected areas in the Tohoku region Donguri Mongori Japan
Coral reef habitat restoration project around the Kerama Islands (Okinawa) Churaumi Shinkokai
Lifestyles with nature-rich agriculture (pursuing the blessings of satoyama*) Maruyama Project
Moko Fudo volcano biodiversity activation project Specified nonprofit corporation attempting to restore nature ―Biotope Moko
Restoration and creation of terraced rice fields and satoyama in Nishihata-cho, Ikoma City Ikoma Rice Terrace Club
Creating economic cycles and communities using mulberry resources through interaction between cities and agricultural regions Mulberry Club Chubu
"Conserving hometown forests! Thousand-Year Forest on Matsuge River" Project Groundwork Mishima
Development and rollout of educational program to increase awareness of the conservation of coral reef ecosystems Marine Learning Center
Establishment of a support tool for mapping interaction between people and nature Workshop for Sustainable Community
Valley hotspots: Restoring satoyama of Tokyo salamanders, Japanese night herons, and Luciola fireflies Miura Peninsula Biodiversity Conservation Network
Removal of introduced plants (e.g., Sphagneticola trilobata and Casuarina equisetifolia) and planting of native plants on Iriomote Island Group for the promotion of local economy by planting native plants on Iriomote
Collecting and composting sea lettuce in the prefectural Takasago Seaside Park Takasago kaihinkouen umibe no hozen tsudoi no kai
The 6th and 7th Morimori Hirogaru forest creation Itokoku no Morizukuri no Kai
Conducting environmental education related to deer Japan Deer Society
Creation and maintenance of a 28,000 square meter wild forest with 350 varieties of plants for 17 years by a 92-year-old man Sanyasounoeki Hozonkai
Ex situ conservation project for the critically endangered pink sea milkwort of Noto Peninsula Porepore Shizen Kankyo Kansatsukai
Nature-based solutions by Urban Green Infrastructure Toshima Green Infrastructure Association
Connecting the past and the future: Making Terminal House TANAKAMI Kodomo Kankyo Club

*Satoyama is hillside arable land.