Current Funding Opportunities

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The Ford Family Foundation makes grants to public charities that predominantly benefit small communities in rural Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif. We respond to grant requests initiated by a nonprofit organization through our online application. We occasionally use a Request for Proposal (RFP) to target grants for programs and projects that best support the Foundation’s goals.

Step 1: Read about our Grants. Determine if your project or program fits one of our programs and meets our guidelines.

Step 2: Make sure your organization and program or project meets our eligibility requirements.

Step 3: Review Frequently Asked Questions and our Toolkit for information on required attachments. 

Step 4: Select the appropriate application link on the How To Apply page and complete your application.


small grants/free resources

GOOD NEIGHBOR GRANTS »

Provide small grants to organizations in response to unexpected needs. These grants are highly competitive and limited.  
Current Funding Opportunities: Open. 

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS »

Develop effective organizations, promote collaborations and support community leaders. 
Current Funding Opportunities: Open.

SELECT BOOKs »

Free books and resources for residents of Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif.


Successful Citizens 

CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES »

Support programs and facilities that increase the number of children in rural Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif., who are healthy, kindergarten ready and later will succeed in school and beyond. Support for activities for early childhood development and school-aged children programs. In addition, support for programs focused on child well-being including abuse prevention and health access.
Current Funding Opportunities: Open. 

education for job readiness »

Encourage the education and preparation of rural residents as they transition from high school and prepare for work. 
Current Funding Opportunities: Grant applications are by invitation only. 

Postsecondary Partner Capacity Grants »

Build the innovative and collaborative capacity of partners to serve the target demographic of the Foundation’s scholarship programs.
Current Funding Opportunities: Grant applications are by invitation only. 


Vital Rural Communities 

Community Building Grants »

Support efforts to increase connections, build capacity and take community-led action.  
Current Funding Opportunities: Grant application by invitation.

Community building spaces »

Encourage civic participation, community collaboration and other ways of bringing residents together for the well-being of the community. Grants support the development of physical places that are open to the public and have multiple uses.
Current Funding Opportunities: Open.


Eligibility & Exclusions

Eligibility 

Grant requests must meet all of the following requirements before consideration will be given:

  • Applicant organizations must have current 501(c)(3) Public Charity status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), or be a governmental entity, or be an IRS-recognized tribe. It may not be a private foundation as defined in Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Geographical focus of project must be predominately (60% or more) for the benefit of residents of rural Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif. We define rural as communities with populations of 35,000 or less and not adjacent to or part of an urban or metropolitan area.
  • Must include significant collaboration and community buy-in (as evidenced by in-kind and cash contributions from local and regional sources).
  • Must have at least 50% of funding (may include in-kind) for the total project budget committed before applying, with the exception of Good Neighbor grants.
  • Organization must not be delinquent in filing final reports for previous grants from the Foundation.
  • Organization may not be currently receiving other grant funds from the Foundation.
  • If the organization has received prior funding from the Foundation, it must wait 12 months after the completion of the prior grant before applying again for support.
  • Exceptions may apply. Email Grants Management or call (541) 957-5574.

Exclusions

The Foundation does not consider funding requests for:

  • Endowments or reserve funds.
  • Debt retirement or operating deficits.
  • Indirect expenses unrelated to the project or program being funded.
  • Sponsorship of fundraising events.
  • Propagandizing or influencing elections or legislation.
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