Organizational profile: The Ford Foundation works to reduce poverty and injustice, strengthen democratic values, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. They focus on strengthening civil society at every level through supporting participation by people of diverse backgrounds and life experiences. They also closely collaborate with governments, the private sector, academia, and the creative community.
Within the Natural Resources and Climate Change strategy, they support efforts to help rural communities gain more secure rights over land and forests, especially for indigenous peoples, racial and ethnic minorities, and women. The Ford Foundation seek to improve natural resource governance, challenge irresponsible natural resource extraction, promote more equitable resource-related fiscal and tax policies, and curtail illicit financial flows. They also support efforts to promote climate change policies and investments that benefit rural and indigenous communities.
Financing Instrument: Grants
Project scale: Within the Natural Resources and Climate Change strategy, forest-related financing has ranged from US$6,500 to US$4,000,000.
Recipient countries regions/country groups: Ford Foundation works in 11 regions across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and North America.
Recipient categories: Governments, Businesses, Universities, and the creative community
Eligibility Criteria: Ford Foundation makes grants in seven interconnected areas (Cities and States, Civic Engagement and Government, Creativity and Free Expression, Future of Work(ers), Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice, Natural Resources and Climate Change and Technology and Society) that help challenge inequality. All potential grants are viewed through this lens.
Application guidelines: For most grants, Ford Foundation seeks out organizations and works with them to create prospective grants. For unsolicited proposals, Ford Foundation asks that you please submit ideas through their online form available at their official website.