Technical Assistance Grants

To help build community capacity

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Technical Assistance Grants support training for individuals and organizations.


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.  

Grants: Open

Typical Grant Size: $1,000 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.

Types of Funds: Funds can be used to pay for consultant/facilitator fees and direct costs associated with the execution of the scope of work. Funds cannot be used to pay for staff or board time or travel, overhead or administrative costs.

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.

Types of Technical Assistance Grants:

Leadership Development Technical Assistance Grants

These grants are for community teams – boards, working groups, staff  – to either attend a leadership training activity hosted by a recognized organization or business, or bring a leadership trainer to the group. The Institute recognizes that leadership development often is desirable before more specific, effective organization training. Preference is given to training for groups that have worked together and demonstrated successes in the past, and would benefit from additional leadership knowledge and skill.

Effective Organizations Technical Assistance Grants

These grants are to engage a consultant to help an organization in such areas as board development, executive training, setting a vision, developing goals and outcomes, budget management, fund raising and volunteer corps development. Generally, the Institute does not support the start-up of a new non-profit or strive to “fix” an organization in crisis. Grants are most often given to organizations with a track record of success and need assistance in specific areas.  

Grants are intended to build the capacity of the participants to be more effective and are not for a consultant to do the work for the organization. Grant applications to provide assistance for a cluster of non-profits in a network or community are welcome.

Community Collaborations Technical Assistance Grants

Some problems and opportunities require the collaboration of more than one organization or community. These grants provide funding for a facilitator to help bring together two or more organizations or communities. The nature of the facilitator’s work may vary, including establishing the appropriate level and form of collaboration, meeting facilitation, and comparing vision and interests. The Institute looks for collaborations among successful organizations or communities that each bring strengths to the table. 

Scope of Work Form

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.

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

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