Training and Events

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Vital Rural Communities

Conferences and Networking Events

We host and provide resources for events that cover an array of topics important to community capacity building. These events are held in various venues across Oregon and Siskiyou County, including The Ford Family Foundation Conference Room in Roseburg. 

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Resources

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These resources have influenced or been a product of Ford Institute activities in partnership with rural residents. Questions? Email or call Ford Institute staff. In addition, feel free to crowdsource questions or share resources on the Rural Community Builders Facebook group.

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Leadership Class Projects

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Leadership classes (2003 - 2015) selected a project that they worked on together and completed within one year of the class. The project helped focus the course content on a real-world situation. The Institute provided up to a $5,000 match in support of the project. If your project does not fit this category, check out our other Current Funding Opportunities.

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Conference Room Layouts

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At 2,600 square feet, the Conference Room with an adjoining patio is suited for midsize meetings, presentation, lectures and training sessions. The room offers advanced audio-visual technology and can be configured for various set-up specifications.

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Hallie Ford Fellowships

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The Foundation awards up to five unrestricted Hallie Ford Fellowships in the Visual Arts per calendar year, each in the amount of $25,000, to Oregon visual artists who have demonstrated a depth of sophisticated practice and potential for significant future accomplishment. Their work furthers the conversation of contemporary art in the 21st century.

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Visual Arts

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OUR GOAL

The Visual Arts Program honors the late Hallie Ford's interests in the visual arts.

what we do

This $5 million, five-year grant program (funded through 2019) provides a range of resources to assist visual artists and visual arts institutions. We focus on enhancing the quality of artistic endeavor and body of work by Oregon's most promising visual artists. We also work to improve Oregon's visual arts ecology by making strategic investments in Oregon institutions. 

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Community Economic Development

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OUR GOAL

The Community Economic Development department supports rural communities as they take action to improve local conditions.

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Education for Job Readiness

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Overview

Education for Job Readiness Grants: By invitation
A four-year college degree is not the only path to employment opportunities following high school. Many students are finding success with technical training, apprenticeships, job skills programs and community college degrees. Likewise, many rural communities are focusing on the development of education-to-career pathways in support of developing the workforce of tomorrow.

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Community Collaborations

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Overview

Community Collaborations was a component of the Ford Institute Leadership Program, which was active from 2003 to 2016. It was designed to enhance the capacity of rural community leaders and organizations to leverage the power of working together. 

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