Wanted: Ford Employees with Transformational Ideas

Bill Ford Better World Challenge is Open for Transformational Ideas from Ford Employees

DEARBORN, Mich. – The time is now to step forward and put your skills and creativity to work helping communities address clean water and sanitation issues, meet basic needs or roll out solutions to improve mobility.

The Bill Ford Better World Challenge is seeking sustainable employee-generated projects that will raise the quality of life and strengthen communities around the world. The challenge – funded jointly by Bill Ford and Ford Fund – provides up to $500,000 in grants for transformational, long-term proposals that utilize Ford volunteers, enlist a local nonprofit and address community concerns related to mobility, basic needs and W.A.S.H. – Water Access, Sanitation and Hygiene. Follow this link to submit a proposal and learn more about the program. The deadline for applications is May 31. Winners will be announced in the fall.

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"We're asking employees to tell us what they would do to make life better for people in their communities if they had the resources to make a substantial, positive difference," said Jim Vella, president, Ford Fund. "And we're asking them to craft and submit a plan to do it. It's a dream opportunity to have a lasting impact on a better world."

The Bill Ford Better World Challenge has awarded a total of $1.4 million since the first grants were announced in 2016. Previous winners include:

• Hygiene facilities in rural Kancheepuram, India, feature 300 SMART toilets, handwashing basins and lighting for people living in three villages – areas where private restrooms did not exist before the Ford grant and the work of Ford volunteers.

• Safe drinking water was rare in Guayacán, Mexico, until a Ford grant helped build a community center where more than 200 families get filtered water and access to bathrooms.

• Thailand Clean Water Community project upgraded water access with purification systems, washbasins and restrooms in nine rural schools. Up to 3,300 people could benefit.

• A Ford Ranger is being used in South Africa as a water generation system to provide potable water to communities severely impacted by drought. The system pulls moisture from the air and produces up to 156 gallons of drinking water per day.

• Ford Mobile Farm is a hydroponic container garden designed to provide Detroit-area residents with fresh produce year-round. The project can produce 52 harvests annually.

You can learn more about past grant winners in the Bill Ford Better World Challenge here.

Bill Ford Better World Challenge Application Requirements: 
  • Available to Ford employees
  • Application window April 1 – May 31, 2019
  • Click here to access the application (Note: users must be on a Ford-issued device to access the page)