The Ford Foundation

320 E. 43rd St.
New York, NY 10017-4801
Type of Funder: 
Areas of Interest Description: 

The Ford Foundation is interested in providing support for organiations devoted to strengthening democratic values, reducing poverty and social injustice, supporting human achievement and international cooperation. The foundation's grants focus on three categories: 1) community development and asset building; 2) knowledge, creativity, and freedom; 3) social justice and peace initiatives.

Geographic Focus: 
Geographic Focus Limitations: 

The Ford Foundation awards grants nationally and globally (including Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Russia, Latin America, and the Caribbean).

Total Annual Giving: 

$652,091,000 (for the 2000 year)

Application Procedures: 

The foundation asks that all applicants should review the official website for guidelines. From there, applicants will then be asked to apply through a letter or an online submission through the foundation website.

An application form is not required.

Applications written in French, Spanish, and Russian can also be accepted.

Funding Limitations Description: 

The foundation does not provide support for programs that already receive substantial support from the government.  The Ford Foundation does not award grants for routine operation costs, building construction or maintenance, educational scholarships (undergraduate), graduate fellowships, nor personal or local needs.


The foundation also does not award grants to organizations that emphasize religious sectarian programs or activities.



Selected Grants: 

$2,000,000 to Living Cities (New York, NY for 3 years); $1,100,000 to Urban Habitat Program; $400,000 to Ecclesia Ministries, Inc; $300,000 to Faith Partnerships, Inc.; $250,000 to Catholic Relief Services; $150,000 to Erase Racism, Inc.; $120,000 to Jubilee USA Network; $75,000 to Camden Churches Organized for People, Inc.

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