Technical Assistance Grants

To help organizations build their internal capacity

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Technical Assistance Grants support capacity-building activities for organizations.

JANUARY 1, 2018:
Changes coming to the Technical Assistance Grant requirements
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Technical Assistance Grants: OPEN
Technical Assistance Grants are provided to assist an organization or community in their efforts to develop leadership expertise, engage in planning efforts or advance collaborations. This concept is the core of "capacity building."  The grant helps fund the hiring of an outside consultant with specialized expertise. These grants cannot be used to pay staff or board salary to conduct the work of a consultant. If your project does not fit this category, check out our other Current Funding Opportunities

We give priority to requests that:

  • Come from an established organization where there is evidence of past success.
  • Build on existing investments of  The Ford Family Foundation.
  • Provide assistance to a network or cluster of people, organizations, or communities.
  • Are clearly linked to a broad, compelling community need.  

Typical Grant Size: Up to $5,000
A minimum 20% cash match towards the project is required and demonstrates board/leadership commitment. In-kind contributions can be part of the project budget as long as the 20% cash match requirement has been met. Staff and board time and travel cannot be counted towards the match.
Length: Single year


Applications for Technical Assistance Grants require an attached Scope of Work that names the qualified consultant and details the work to be completed and anticipated results. The Scope of Work will show a breakdown of the specific activities performed by the consultant and will include an estimated number of hours associated with those activities. 

The Ford Institute does not maintain a list of preferred consultants. The Institute reserves the right to ask for evidence of a consultant's qualifications and to reject a consultant if deemed not qualified.

Technical Assistance Grant requests need to:

  • Meet the Foundation’s eligibility and readiness requirements
  • Serve communities in rural Oregon or Siskiyou County, Calif., with less than 35,000 in population not adjacent to or part of an urban or metropolitan area  

Questions? Contact Yvette Rhodes or call (541) 957-5574. 

What to expect

  • Usually grant requests can be decided within one month. 
  • Should the request be approved, funds will be released in no less than 60 days.

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