Halton Foundation grants promote better indoor air around the world
Halton Foundation’s grant application period has started
Halton Foundation supports non-profit organisations and initiatives that promote wellbeing of people suffering from poor indoor environmental quality for environmental or economic conditions. Halton Foundation welcomes now new applications. Decision on grants will be made in November 2011.
Halton Foundation is a charity organisation that promotes wellbeing of people suffering from poor indoor environmental quality due to environmental or economic conditions. Annual grants are awarded to non-profit organisations, research programs or initiatives promoting the wellbeing of people in indoor environments.
In 2010, Halton Foundation donated its first grant to the Center for Courageous Kids which is a medical camping facility located in Scottsville, Kentucky. The Center provides cost-free summer and weekend camps for seriously ill and disabled children and their families. The Halton Foundation grant enabled the Center for Courageous Kids to organise one week summer camp for children with asthma.
The scope of Halton Foundation
Halton Foundation’s scope covers initiatives related to indoor air quality, thermal conditions, breathable particulates and illnesses, conditions or diseases that may result from sub-standard indoor environmental quality.
As a special area of interest, HaltonFoundation has identified two global indoor air quality problems: indoor air pollution from the cooking process in developing countries and high levels of outdoor contaminants in indoor air in developed countries:
- Developing countries: Developing countries: indoor air pollution born by cooking process
More than half of the world’s population, mostly in developing countries, rely on polluting biomass fuels to meet their basic energy needs. Cooking and heating with these fuels on open fires or stoves without chimneys mean the hazardous pollutants and dust particles remain in the indoor air. In such conditions indoor smoke can exceed acceptable particle levels for small particles in outdoor air even 100-fold. The health impacts are significant and disproportionate on women and children as they are the most engaged with the cooking process. Consequently, 56 % of all indoor air pollution-attributable deaths occur in children under five years old. (WHO Fact sheet N°292: Indoor Air Pollution and Health, 2005)
Health problems caused by indoor air pollution will also hold back economic development, thus creating a vicious cycle of poverty. It is the objective of the Halton Foundation to positively affect this development and support initiatives aiming at reducing the health problems and deaths caused by the cooking process.
- Developed countries: indoor air pollution caused by contaminants from outside air
Studies indicate that the most significant cause of indoor air quality related health problems in developed countries is the contaminants from the outside air. Ambient air quality is three times more significant source of indoor air pollution than dampness, mould and water systems. Therefore, Halton Foundation aims to promote initiatives that are protecting people’s health by providing them cleaner air to breathe in indoor spaces for example by developing better ways of purifying the air coming from outside.
How to apply Halton Foundation grants?
Halton Foundation is looking for new and innovative ways of solving indoor environmental problems. Therefore Halton Foundation welcomes grant applications for different kinds of undertakings supporting the Foundation’s mission.
The Foundation grants are either one-time grants for a specific purpose or multi-year grants for no longer than three years. The application period for the Halton Foundation grants is now open. A grant application can be filled out at Halton Group website www.halton.com and applications must be submitted by latest on October 15, 2011. The selection process of the winning application will be completed by November 15th 2011.
Chairman of the Board, Tarja Takki
Tel. +358 20 792200
Secretary, Darlene Tinsley
2413 Nashville Road, C4
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101
Halton Foundation is a charity organisation founded in 2010 to help people who otherwise could not afford to improve their wellbeing and indoor environmental quality. Halton Foundation provides grants annually to non-profit organisations promoting wellbeing of people in indoor environments. We also endeavour to assimilate indoor environmental data for improvement of indoor environmental quality, and it is our mission to share this knowledge with the world and to support research in this field. Halton Foundation operates from Scottsville, Kentucky, USA and it is funded by Halton Americas. The foundation operates without geographical limitations. More information about the Foundation from Halton Group website: www.halton.com.