Good Neighbor Grants

For the unexpected and simple projects

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An emergency boiler repair is one example of this grant category.


The Ford Family Foundation works to provide small grants to organizations in response to unexpected needs or simple projects. These grants are highly competitive and limited. A shorter application is used, and the requests are reviewed by staff regularly. If your project does not fit this category, check out our other Current Funding Opportunities.

Focus areas

We give priority to short-term grant requests for simple projects, unforeseen emergencies that interrupt programming or services, and one-off events or activities. We also prioritize projects where our grant dollars are used to complete the funding of the project or program. Examples of grants:

  • A furnace repair at a community center
  • Bark mulch for a playground
  • Travel expenses for a nonprofit executive director to attend special training
  • Emergency needs
  • A community cultural event

Lower priority given to:

  • Requests supporting programs that do not have enough funding.
  • Requests for general capacity building.
  • Requests for small needs that fall into the other categories (Early Childhood Development, Youth Development and Education, Access to Health and Dental Services for Children, Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention, Community Building Spaces, Assistance Grants).

Funding Opportunities

Grants: Open

Typical Grant Size: $1,000 to $10,000. Single year.

Types of Funds: Programmatic and capital. Grants do not cover 100% of a project, unless it is a small component of larger project.  

Timing: Should the request be approved, funds will be released in no less than 60 days.

Geography served: Rural communities with less than 35,000 in population not adjacent to or part of an urban or metropolitan area.

Population served: All.

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