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In 2015, The Ford Family Foundation embarked on a new program of work that focuses on supporting rural communities as they take action to improve local conditions. The Foundation is open to providing grants and other supports to communities that define a plan of action for community betterment, with a priority on increasing employment and economic vitality. This work is meant to complement the work of the Ford Institute for Community Building, which helps to build the capacity of rural communities and their residents. This program supports the action steps that follow once communities have built their own capacity and made a commitment to take on a community improvement agenda.
We support projects, programs, and organizations that seek to:
- Increase the number of rural residents who are trained in ways that match current and projected rural labor force demand and are connected to employers.
- Increase the number of sustainable businesses that are being created, expanded, and retained in rural communities.
- Increase the capacity of systems throughout the state that aim to support rural community economic development.
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