Rural Capital Projects

In support of our priority program areas

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The Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg, Oregon Photo: Chehalem Cultural Center


The Ford Family Foundation provides grants for capital projects that support programs and outcomes in our priority areas: youth development and education, child abuse prevention and intervention, access to health and dental services for children, early childhood development, and civic engagement in community affairs.  


Rural Capital Project grants may be used toward 

  • Land acquisition 
  • Purchase of buildings 
  • New construction and renovation 
  • Fixtures, furnishings and equipment 
  • Architecture, engineering and planning fees

Rural Capital Project grants will not be made for fundraising activities, to retire debt, reimbursement for items already purchased, or for computer software or technology updates. 

If your project does not fit this category, check out our other Current Funding Opportunities.


  • Evidence of a sound design that meets a compelling need and is central to the mission of the applying organization
  • A strong staff and project team overseeing the plan and a strong board commitment to the project
  • A clear timeline and project budget, including adequate reserves for contingencies and possible cost overruns
  • Evidence of sustainability, including a clear and defensible budget for on-going operational costs of the facility and the organization’s program
  • Organizational financial stability and evidence that the capital project will not have a negative effect on the sustainability of the applying organization
  • Evidence of strong community support and collaboration
  • Funding, including in-kind, committed from a wide variety of sources and a credible plan to raise remaining funds
  • Evidence of positive community impact and the means to evaluate that impact

We give priority to:  

  • Smaller communities with demonstrated need 

Lower priority given to: 

  • Government projects
  • K-12 schools
  • Hospitals, colleges and universities, vehicles, sports equipment, library collections, computer equipment and scientific equipment
  • Stand-alone athletic facilities
  • Projects that are in an inundation zone and buildings that do not have adequate seismic protection

Funding Opportunities

Grants: Open

Typical grant size: $50,000 to $250,000. Funds requested may not exceed one-third of the project’s total budget. 

Length: Primarily single year.

Types of funds: Capital grants may be used as challenge or matching grants. 

Timing: Funds for any capital grant awarded by the Foundation will not be released until all funding is in place.

Geography served: Rural communities with less than 30,000 in population not adjacent to or part of an urban or metropolitan area.

Population served: All populations.

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