Helpful Links

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Web links to related organizations, funding sources and helpful information for grant seekers: 

Rural Community Explorer: Information to help local citizens and policy makers make better decisions about rural issues including vitality and change in Oregon rural communities.  

Crowdrise: A website developed for raising money for your favorite charities using social networks.

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How to Calculate In-Kind Contributions

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In-kind Definition: Services, material, equipment or labor committed or received at a conservative value that would otherwise be paid from the project budget. Both the donor and the service received should be identified.

In other words, in-kind contributions are goods (wholesale value) or services provided instead of cash for one of your project budget line-items. Both the revenue and the expense projections should reflect the in-kind contribution. Examples include: 

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Tool Kit for Grantseekers

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When submitting a grant application you will be required to provide additional information about your organization and project through several attachments (see list below). Unless otherwise specified below, you may submit this information in a document that works best for you (as long as it includes the same information as our form). You also should review "Prepare to Complete Your Grant Application."

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Glossary

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501(c)(3):  Section of the Internal Revenue Code that designates an organization as charitable and tax-exempt.  

509(a): Section of the tax code that defines public charities (as opposed to private foundations). A 501(c)(3) organization must also have a 509(a) designation to further define the agency as a public charity.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Apply for a Grant

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The Ford Family Foundation only accepts requests for funding through our online application process.  

STEP 1: Read about our Grants. Determine if your project or program fits one of our programs and meets our guidelines.

STEP 2: Make sure  your organization and project or program is eligible for funding.

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Good Neighbor Grants

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Good Neighbor Grants: OPEN
The Ford Family Foundation works to provide small grants to organizations in response to unexpected needs or simple projects. These grants are highly competitive and limited. A shorter application is used, and the requests are reviewed by staff regularly. If your project does not fit this category, check out our other Current Funding Opportunities.

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Community Building Spaces

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Community Building Spaces Capital Grants: OPEN
Encourage civic participation, community collaboration and other ways of bringing residents together for the well-being of the community. Grants support the development of physical places that are open to the public and have multiple uses. 

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Current Funding Opportunities

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The Ford Family Foundation makes grants to public charities that predominantly benefit small communities in rural Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif. We respond to grant requests initiated by a nonprofit organization through our online application. We occasionally use a Request for Proposal (RFP) to target grants for programs and projects that best support the Foundation’s goals.

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