5th June 2012, Petaling Jaya - EcoKnights is one of the few environmental organizations that was recently awarded as a grant recipient by the Selangorku grant at a simple ceremony today held at the Armada Hotel.
The event was graced with the presence of Selangor state exco member Elizabeth Wong.
The grant received by EcoKnights is for the "Sentinels of Time: Majestic Trees of Selangor" project. Three other environmental organizations also received their grant awards. Click here to see who the beneficiaries are.
The RM300 million allocation for the grants is a result of savings from the restructuring of Talam debts as well as better management of land based on the concept of development at market price. Both of these initiatives combined saw the state government saving more than RM600 million.
The Selangor state government then decided to channel these funds into special projects which had a direct and immediate impact on Selangor and its people which is known as Selangorku Grants or Geran Selangorku.
The RM300 million Selangorku grants are then divided to different focal areas, such as infrastructure, women empowerment, young entrepreneurship and so on.
The protection and rehabilitation of the environment is not forgotten either, with RM5 million specifically allocated for projects and initiatives in this area.
â€śOne key criterion for project approval is the ability to execute rapidly. This is why the emphasis is on smaller, local projects that involve the local communities instead of massive projects that are top down,â€ť she added.
For more information: Selangor Environmental Conservation Grants.