Ford Foundation: Grants for Disasters and Refugees

OVERVIEW: The Ford Foundation doesn't award many grants to refugee related issues; however, when it does, grants are substantial. While the Ford also funds select natural disasters, its grant process is highly selective. 

IP TAKE: Ford’s recent restructuring resulted in a decrease of grantmaking initiatives overall thereby rendering the grant process more selective.  

PROFILE: Ford’s refugee and disaster-related grantmaking remains in flux. However, the Ford Foundation remains dedicated to combatting inequality globally in all of its forms. Although Ford does not have a program specifically dedicated to refugee or disaster relief, its Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Injustice and Civic Engagement and Government programs address refugee issues. In terms of the foundation's giving to natural disaster relief, Ford remains selective in its giving; however, this area is not a primary focus for the foundation. 

Grant seekers are well advised to spend time combing through the Ford Foundation's excellent grants database, which offers in-depth and transparent information on grants previously awarded organized by theme and by originating office. The grants database also offers detailed information on amounts awarded. 


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