Ford Motor Company Fund: Grants for Michigan

OVERVIEW: The Ford Motor Company Fund supports education, safe driving, and community life in Michigan and around the world.

FUNDING AREAS: This funder has corporate operations and grantmaking efforts nationwide, but it still makes its hometown of Dearborn, Michigan a top priority.

IP TAKE: Education, safe driving, community life

PROFILE: Established in 1949, the Ford Motor Company Fund (FMCF) is a corporate foundation based in Dearborn, Michigan. This is the philanthropic arm of the Ford Motor Company, the multinational automaker founded by Henry Ford. The foundation aims to "strengthen communities and help make people’s lives better.” It funds local efforts for education, safe driving, and community life.

The Ford Motor Company Fund’s education grants support community colleges, entrepreneurship, STEAM programs, youth opportunities, and scholarships. Safe driving support goes towards training teenage and new drivers how to be safe behind the wheel. Community life grants fund programs for hunger, disaster relief, arts and culture, veterans, and diversity. FMCF also has a strong employee volunteer program that has accumulated over 1.3 million volunteer hours. Overall, this funder places a priority on organizations that value inclusion and diversity. It does not typically provide general operating support to healthcare institutions, private K-12 schools, day-to-day operations, animal rights organizations, advocacy directed programs, or religious or political purposes.

Grants range between about $10,000 and $500,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on over 60 countries around the world. However, FMCF always awards a substantial number of grants in Michigan and in and around its home town of Dearborn. Past local grantees include Dearborn Public Schools, the Detroit Children’s Choir, and the Detroit Economic Growth Association.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. It has an online application system and accepts requests throughout the year with no application deadlines. The staff evaluates applications on an annual basis. Direct general questions to the staff at fordfund@ford.com or 888-313-0102.

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