Open Applications

Below is a list of Ford Fund programs and initiatives for which we are currently accepting applications. Please check back regularly for updates.

HBC-You Mobility Challenge

Application is extended to April 16
The Ford HBC-You Mobility Challenge invites students, alumni, faculty and administrators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to submit an innovative proposal that addresses a mobility need on campus or in their community for a chance to receive a one time grant of $25,000 or $10,000 to implement their project.

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Men of Courage Game Changer Award

Nomination deadline April 17
In collaboration with Jerome Bettis and The Bus Stops Here Foundation, Ford Fund is seeking nominations for organizations that go above any beyond to advance the narrative of African American men – the mission of Ford Fund’s Men of Courage initiative.

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Motor City Kares

Application is extended to April 23
Ford Fund, Delta Dental, Kare Mobile and Lightship Foundation join forces to mobilize quality dental care in Detroit. This joint initiative is an opportunity for a minority dentist to win a $150,000 Ford Transit mobile dental office to provide dental services to children and families in low-income communities. Prior to receiving the keys to a mobile dental clinic, retrofitted with a suite of modern dental technologies, the contest winner will attend an entrepreneurship bootcamp.

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Ford Blue Oval Scholars 2021

Nomination deadline April 30
Ford Fund launches its 13th annual Ford Blue Oval Scholars program awarding the achievements of graduating seniors from various Detroit-area high schools. Additionally, past recipients of this Ford Blue Oval Scholarship may apply to receive $1,000 of gap funding per year for their sophomore through senior years of higher-education pursuits.

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Ford Community Corps

Application deadline May 25
The Ford Community Corps program connects college and university students from a network of schools across Southeast Michigan with nonprofit organizations. The program is currently seeking proposals from local nonprofits describing a project that college and university students could participate in. The project should incorporate practical skills and nonprofits should consider learning aspects for potential students or classes paired with the project.

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Global Caring Month

Application deadline May 31
The Ford Volunteer Corps is excited to offer Ford employees safe ways to engage with nonprofits and NGOs in their local communities through this year’s Global Caring Month program. Please join us in celebrating nonprofits and NGOs around the globe by nominating them for a Global Caring Month grant. This program is only eligible for Ford employees.

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Ongoing Programs

Ford Resource and Engagement Centers

Ford Fund works with local nonprofits to provide services for the communities in Southwest and East Detroit through its Ford Resource and Engagement Center (FREC). Live in the community? View the calendar of events by selecting the location below.

FREC Southwest  FREC East

Ford Volunteer Corps Projects

Interested in giving back through the Ford Volunteer Corps? Our team has worked with nonprofits to help curate projects for Ford employees and retirees.

View Available Projects