2023 | Grants

Building organizational capacity

NeighborWorks Umpqua

Technical Assistance grants help rural-serving organizations.

Foundation Technical Assistance grants help build organizational capacity

The job of building community is a big one. We know that in small, rural organizations, board members, volunteers and staff wear multiple hats in their roles. The need for growing capacities and skilling-up is constant. The Ford Family Foundation helps fill these gaps in knowledge or expertise by offering funding for targeted support. The Technical Assistance grants program helps rural-serving organizations strengthen organizational sustainability, build internal capacity and operate more effectively.

Below are three examples of Technical Assistance grants in action. Read on, and if your organization could benefit from this type of grant support, reach out to our staff.

NeighborWorks Umpqua

This Roseburg-based organization increasingly finds itself engaged in community building work. Technical Assistance funding helped send staff to a national conference, where they received community development training. The additional skill set increased their capacity to serve the region and to partner with the Foundation on a variety of initiatives.


juliettes house

Juliette’s House

Juliette’s House is a Child Abuse Intervention Center that has provided service to northwest Oregon counties for 20 years. After recognizing knowledge gaps among its board of directors, the organization used grant funds to support board development in the areas of fundraising and planning.

Jefferson Economic Development Institute

Jefferson Economic Development Institute

Known as “JEDI,” this northern California nonprofit applied for a Technical Assistance grant to develop better strategies for increasing the number of women starting small businesses in their community.


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