Youth Development and Education

Connecting youth with high-quality programs

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The Ford Family Foundation supports educational projects, programs and out-of-school time facilities in rural communities that encourage the development of skills, confidence and support needed for school-aged youth (5-18 years) to connect with quality mentors, excel in school, develop leadership skills, graduate with a plan for the future and become a successful citizen. 

Focus Area

The Ford Family Foundation supports in-school and out-of-school youth development programs that:

  • Develop skills of a successful citizen including, but not limited to, resiliency, grit, integrity and stewardship. 
  • Deepen engagement with other youth, parents and adults.
  • Engage youth in leadership through programming and community participation.


Out-of-School Time partnership with the Oregon Community FoundationThe Ford Family Foundation works in partnership with the Oregon Community Foundation’s K-12 Student Success: Out-of-School Time grants initiative. The initiative promotes academic success and post-secondary enrollment, organizational development and program effectiveness. 

The Chalkboard Project: The Ford Family Foundation is a founding member and current supporter of the Chalkboard Project. Launched in 2004, the Chalkboard Project is a non-profit, non-partisan organization working to make Oregon’s K-12 public schools among the nation's best. Chalkboard implements research, public engagement, promising practices and advocates for state-level reforms. Chalkboard is the first initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon, a consortium of six leading Oregon foundations: Meyer Memorial Trust, The Oregon Community Foundation, The Collins Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, JELD-WEN Foundation, and The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. 

Funding Opportunities

Grants: Open.

Focus: The Foundation looks for requests that align with the focus areas of the Youth Development and Education program that show:

  • A clear assessment of need and a plan to address the need;
  • A realistic timeline and budget;
  • Strong community support as evidenced by donations, in-kind and partnerships; and 
  • Explain how success will be measured.

Typical Grant Size: $25,000 to $150,000 per year. While there are exceptions, we prefer to fund no more than one-third of the proposed budgetSingle and multi-year proposals are accepted.

Types of funds: Programs, operating requests and capital projects.

Timing: Should the request be approved, funds will be released in no less than 60 days and may take six months to a year, depending on the project scope and review process.

Geography served: Rural communities with less than 35,000 in population not adjacent to or part of an urban or metropolitan area.

Population served: School-aged children (5-18 years). 

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