Ford Motor Company Fund & Community Services: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: Ford Motor Company Fund prioritizes education in the communities where Ford operates. Recent initiatives include minority achievement and innovation in STEAM education.  

IP TAKE: The Ford Motor Company Fund partners with U.S. nonprofits on a variety of educational initiatives. Projects often bear the Ford name and are run cooperatively with the foundation.

PROFILE: The Ford Motor Company Fund or Ford Fund was established with profits from the Ford Motor Company in 1949.Based in Dearborn, Michigan, this foundation works with nonprofits across the states in which Ford operates to improve community life, education and automobile safety.

Many of Ford’s K-12 initiatives are run cooperatively with the foundation and bear the Ford name. The Ford Driving Dreams Tour, for example, supports high school graduation, college enrollment and literacy among Latino students in five states and Puerto Rico. The Ford STEAM Challenge, likewise, provides grants to student-led projects in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics that promote sustainability in communities.

Ford invests over $18 million annually in education in the U.S. and around the world, but accepts applications only from nonprofit organizations registered in the U.S.