We are here to help
Applying for a grant shouldn’t be hard. We want your organization to get the financial support it needs, and we work to make the process as easy as possible. On this page you will find a collection of resources that can help. Have a question? Fill out the form below and we will get in touch.
What makes a strong proposal?
Involvement of your board with cash, in-kind contributions and a community campaign are some indicators of a proposal being ready. Community participation is a primary factor.
We like to see that fundraising is significantly underway with your traditional supporters, local businesses, key donors and other foundations.
Grant application attachments
Both an organization budget and project budget are required, including expenses and anticipated revenue sources to fully fund the project. You may use your own form as long as it includes comparable revenue and expense categories to the one below.
Budget Form Template* Excel (required)
Sample Budget Form PDF
Funding Status Report Form*
Please use this required form to report on the funding amount you are requesting, your current sources of funding and types of revenue.
Funding Status Report Form Template* Excel (required)
Sample Funding Status Report PDF
List of Board of Directors Form
Please include the names, positions, professions, contact information, ethnicity/race and gender of your organization’s board of directors. You may use your own form as long as it includes the same information as the one below.
Materials Specific to Technical Assistance Grants
The only attachment needed is one of the following. A Funding Status Report Form is not required.
- Consultant proposal or contract (if applicable)
- Conference or training agenda (if applicable)
- If not submitting one of the above, please submit any simple document detailing the work, such as a timeline or scope
Join a grant info session
We invite you to join one of our bi-monthly virtual info sessions, where you can learn about funding opportunities and priorities, be guided through our grant system and ask us your questions.
First-time grantees or those applying for a new Foundation grant can receive personalized support from the very beginning. This optional 90-minute info session with our team is a great first step in the application process.
Sessions this year
June 22, 2023 at 10am
August 24, 2023 at 10am
October 19, 2023 at 10am
December 14, 2023 at 10am
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Grant application FAQs
Are there any restrictions on the types of activities or programs the Foundation supports?
The Ford Family Foundation does not issue grants to individuals (except through programs where recipients are chosen by a grantee institution); to organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, ability, gender, religion or any other protected status; or for debt retirement, reserve accounts or endowments or to help defray deficits. We do not support efforts to carry out propaganda, influence elections or affect legislation. Learn more about eligibility.
What are the deadlines for applying?
How soon will we hear back after applying?
After you click “Submit” on a grant application, it can take six to 10 weeks for us to review. Every request receives a response indicating approval, a request for more information or declination.
What is an appropriate request amount? Is there a maximum grant size?
The appropriate funding amount for your project will depend on a variety of factors. For more information about our guidelines, see our Open Grants page.
How should in-kind donations be described?
In-kind donations are the services, material, equipment or labor contributed to the project or organization at market or below-market value that are necessary for the project and would otherwise be paid from the project budget. They can be a great way for your supporters to contribute to your organization and projects. Both the donor and the service received should be identified.
- Professional services (such as legal, architectural, engineering, accounting, etc.), at a rate reflective of what would otherwise need to be paid
- Other services (such as printing, use of machinery, site preparation, fabricating, sub-contractors, publicity, etc.), at a rate reflective of what would otherwise need to be paid
- Furnishings, food, landscape or construction materials (appliances, furniture, trees, plants, wood, plumbing, hardware, etc.) donated by a business or individual
- Volunteer time actually involved in project implementation; see the Independent Sector website to calculate the value
Labor donated for fundraising activities does not count towards in-kind donations. Both the revenue and the expense projections should reflect the in-kind contribution.
Do you make site visits?
Yes, we love getting a chance to see your work in action and may request a site visit depending on the project. Site visits generally include our program staff visiting your location to meet with your staff and/or board members and tour your facility or site. We will contact you during the grant application review if there is interest in scheduling a site visit.
When can we reapply?
The Foundation typically does not provide more than one grant at a time or year-over-year funding. A good rule of thumb is waiting a year after a grant closes before reapplying. The one exception is for Technical Assistance grants, which an organization can apply for with an existing grant. If you have questions about when to apply please reach out to us.
Does the Foundation offer multi-year grants?
Can I contact the Foundation if I have specific questions?
Yes, you can contact the Foundation at (541) 957-5574 or by email at email@example.com. You are also invited to fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page.
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 and a member of our team will get back to you.
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