Ford Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: The Ford Foundation is a long-time funder of work on reproductive rights and reducing HIV/AIDS discrimination. Following a restructuring, combating rising inequality in all forms is the major focus of Ford’s work.

IP TAKE: Grantseekers should note Ford's grantmaking process is extremely competitive even after the foundation's restructuring. 

PROFILE: The Ford Foundation, one of the largest foundations in the world, is a powerful force committed to global human rights and the empowerment of vulnerable populations. 

Since announcing its plans to restructure, the majority of its global health-related grants are awarded through its Gender, Sexuality, and Racial Justice initiative, which is one of seven areas created to challenge inequality. Ford's underlying themes are human rights and social justice, so when the foundation tackles sexual and reproductive health issues, it does so with an eye toward empowering the vulnerable.

When it comes to Ford’s sexual and reproductive health rights grantmaking, the foundation prioritizes projects and organizations that focus on young women from vulnerable or excluded communities. The foundation is also willing to support sexual and reproductive health policy, research, and service provision projects. Most of Ford's reproductive health grants range from about $100,000 to $600,000. 

For a big picture look at the Ford Foundation's global health grantmaking, browse its comprehensive Grants Database.

The foundation reports that it funds less than 1 percent of the grant inquiries it receives every year. Also, it requests that prospective grantees refrain from contacting program officers directly. Ford remains in transition, so grantseekers are advised to keep a close watch on the latest news from the foundation.  

PEOPLE: 

  • Margaret Hempel, Director; Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Justice
  • Ana Luisa Liguori, Senior Program Officer, Mexico City
  • Lourdes A. Rivera, Senior Program Officer, New York 

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