Mission/ Giving Statement: The Ford Foundation is a resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide. Our goals for more than half a century have been to: Strengthen democratic values; Reduce poverty and injustice; promote international cooperation; and Advance human achievement.
Grantmaking Program Areas: Democracy, Rights & Justice Program (Democratic and Accountable Government - Human Rights - Social Justice Philanthropy); Economic Opportunity and Assets Program (Economic Fairness - Metropolitan Opportunity - Sustainable Development); Education, Creativity and Free Expression Program (Educational Opportunity and Scholarship - Freedom of Expression - Sexuality and Reproductive Health and Rights)
Grantmaking Program Area Descriptions:
Democratic and Accountable Government: Increasing Civic and Political Participation; Strengthening Civil Society; Promoting Electoral Reform and Democratic Participation; Promoting Transparent, Effective and Accountable Government; Reforming Global Financial Governance
Human Rights: Advancing Racial Justice and Minority Rights; Protecting Women's Rights; Protecting Immigrant and Migrant Rights; Reforming Civil and Criminal Justice Systems; Reducing HIV/AIDS Discrimination and Exclusion; Strengthening Human Rights Worldwide; Advancing Economic and Social Rights
Social Justice Philanthropy: Mobilizing Philanthropic Resources for Social Justice
Economic Fairness: Ensuring Good Jobs and Access to Services; Promoting the Next-Generation Workforce Strategies; Building Economic Security Over a Lifetime; Improving Access to Financial Services; Expanding Livelihood Opportunities for Poor Families
Metropolitan Opportunity: Expanding Access to Quality Housing; Promoting Metropolitan Land Use Innovation; Connecting People to Opportunity
Sustainable Development: Expanding Community Rights Over Natural Resources; Climate Change Responses That Strengthen Rural Communities
Educational Opportunity and Scholarship: Transforming Secondary Education; Advancing Higher Education Access and Success; Building Knowledge for Social Justice
Freedom of Expression: Supporting Diverse Arts Spaces; Advancing Public Service Media; Advancing Media Rights and Access; Religion in the Public Sphere
Sexuality and Reproductive Health and Rights: Supporting Sexuality Research; Promoting Reproductive Rights and the Right to Sexual Health; Policies and Programs for Adolexcent Sexual and Reproductive Health; Sexuality and Reproductive Health Education
Type of Funding/ Funding Restrictions: The Foundation does not award undergraduate scholarships or make grants for personal needs or business assistance. Other areas frequently inquired about, but not funded, include: Health care; Vehicle purchase; Student loan repayment; Scientific inventions; After-school programs; Athletic leagues; Orphanages; or Elder care.
Application Instructions: Grant inquiry instructions available online.