Winning Grants Step by Step

Technical Assistance Grant Requirements

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Effective January 1, 2018, we are changing and simplifying the application requirements for our Technical Assistance Grants. 

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Ford Scholars Program

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Applications are now open
for the 2019-2020 academic year


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Children, Youth and Families Grants

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Children, Youth and Family Grants: OPEN
Many things contribute to success in the early years. We are specifically interested in funding grant requests that: 

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Fund for Teachers 2018


October 24, 2017: The Ford Family Foundation is bringing the national Fund for Teachers grant program to Douglas County, Oregon, for a third year. The program supports teacher-designed educational experiences that impact their practice, students and school communities.

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Laura Isiordia

Field Coordinator


Works in the field to represent the Foundation throughout rural Oregon and Siskiyou County; supports all of the Foundation’s work at the local community level. 

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Before joining the Foundation in 2017, Laura Isiordia served as the executive director for CAPACES Leadership Institute in Woodburn, which provides leadership development and capacity building for Latinos and Latino organizations. 

Born and raised in Mexico, Laura immigrated to Oregon in 1985. She began working as a farmworker while attending school. At Farmworker Housing Development Corporation (FHDC), she served as a residents services director. Within a few years, she became the program’s community leadership director overseeing educational and leadership programs, community building and residents services at FHDC housing communities.   

Laura also has a background in lay health education and outreach. She has served part-time with the Oregon Department of Human Services as a foster/adoptive parent Spanish instructor. She has been involved with several research studies in the Latino farmworker community, and she has been published in the Journal of Biosocial Science.

Throughout her career in community building, she has been a member of several boards. She currently serves on Pacific University’s Education Consortium, Western States Center, PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste) and the Woodburn School District.

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Foundation hires Woodburn community leader

September 7, 2017: The Ford Family Foundation announced today that it has hired Laura Isiordia, a community leader from Woodburn, to serve as the Foundation’s fourth field coordinator, a field-based position for the Foundation.

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Blue Zones Project

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Board members retiring

Karla Chambers, a 16-year veteran on the board, and Allyn Ford, the son of the Foundation's founders, will retire at the end of this year.  Read More

For the children

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Baker Technical Institute

Adjacent to Baker High School, the Baker Technical Institute announces its mission with a bold sign: “Next generation education for thriving communities.” The Institute began four years ago with a...  Read More

Planting seeds of service

Brandy O’Bannon loves living a life of service. “Working alongside friends, colleagues, donors and volunteers in my community has brought a tremendous amount of joy to my life,” says Brandy O’Bannon...  Read More

Long and healthy lives

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Working Teams

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A Ford Institute for Community Building Working Team consists of rural residents who work closely with Ford Institute staff to plan and design resources and strategies used to support rural communities taking positive action. Working Teams help ensure the voices of rural communities are at the center of the Ford Institute work. Working Team members gather for three interactive and engaging in-person work sessions over approximately six months.  

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Postsecondary Partner Capacity Grants

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Postsecondary Partner Capacity Grants: By invitation
The Ford Family Foundation is expanding its commitment to programs that support the success of low-income, rural, often first-generation students in completing their education after high school. 

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