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Funding Priorities

What we support

We look for projects rooted in Oregon and Siskiyou County, California that aim to make a difference in the lives of rural children, ensuring the family, educational and community supports they need to thrive.

If you are seeking a grant of up to $25,000, please read about our Open Grants. If you are seeking funding above $25,000, please learn more about our strategy and review our priorities below.

If you are not sure where your organization’s proposal fits in, please reach out to us. We are happy to work with you. If you are looking for support for individual Oregon artists or arts institutions, visit our Visual Arts page.

Grant Funding Priorities
Grant Funding Family Focus


Grants aligned with our Family impact area help strengthen connections between a parent or other primary caregiver and a child. We focus on ensuring that children have nurturing attachments from their earliest years, including preventing child abuse and neglect. We also focus on promoting financial stability so that families have the resources they need to care for their children.

Current grant funding examples

  • Children’s mental health supports
  • Parenting support programs
  • Domestic violence programs and shelters for families with children
  • Child abuse prevention and intervention programs
  • Supports for children in foster care
  • Maternal-child health programs
  • Two-generation family literacy programs
  • Family financial education and access
  • Earned Income Tax Credit access and utilization
  • Scholarships for parents to complete their college education
  • Statewide networks and systems reform to support all of the above


Grants aligned with our Education impact area aim to ensure that rural children have the supports and opportunities they need to succeed in their education. Our emphasis is on early childhood education, helping children start strong in their early grades, and preparing students for the transition from high school to postsecondary education or a career.

Current grant funding examples

  • Child care and early childhood education
  • Early literacy programs
  • Family engagement in their children’s education
  • Programs that support social-emotional learning
  • Youth development and summer learning programs
  • Programs supporting students of color and marginalized populations
  • College and/or career preparation programs
  • Scholarships for aspiring low-income rural and urban students to attend and complete college
  • Programs to support low-income, first-generation rural student success beyond high school
Grant Funding Education


Grants aligned with our Community impact area support conditions that help children and families thrive in rural communities. This includes focusing on their local economies, social capital, community visioning and planning capacity, and public gathering spaces.

Current grant funding examples

  • Community building and engagement efforts
  • Community centers and convening spaces
  • Community social service centers (Where direct youth programming is provided)
  • Arts and culture centers
  • Libraries
  • Rural health centers (Federally Qualified Health Centers)
  • Disaster resiliency planning and fire halls

Examples of what we don’t fund

  • Adult-only mental health or substance abuse treatment
  • Housing, transportation or other basic community infrastructure like water treatment, sewage or lighting
  • General K-12 workforce and professional development
  • Medical facilities when connected to a larger profit-based system
  • Museums without a focus on children or strong outreach programs
  • Routine K-12 school curriculum development
  • Debt retirement or operating deficits
  • Endowments or reserve funds
  • Propagandizing or influencing elections or legislation

Let’s talk

Want to learn more about The Ford Family Foundation’s grant programs? We’re here to lend a hand and answer your questions. Please feel free to connect with us through the form below, providing some details about your idea, and a member of our team will get back to you.

 If you are seeking new funding, please note that we only fund grants that serve Oregon and Siskiyou County, California.

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