Donor: Ford Foundation
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: United States
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Individual, Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Large - more than $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: -
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Capacity Building
  • Climate Change
  • Disability
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Governance & Democracy
  • Human Rights
  • Social Inclusion
  • Women & Gender

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Egypt, Ethiopia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru

  3. Asia

      Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka


1) Objective

The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations on the front lines of social change worldwide. They strongly believe all people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to society, and have voice in the decisions that affect them. They have the following thematic interests: Civic Engagement and Government; Creativity and Free Expression; Disability Rights; Future of Work(ers); Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice; International Cooperation; Mission Investments; Natural Resources and Climate Change; and Technology and Society.

For the International Cooperation their goal is to help promote social justice and disrupt inequality within systems of global governance and international cooperation by bringing together diverse ideas, institutions, and individuals to advance a shared vision for achieving a just and inclusive global order. By fostering dialogue and strategic alliances among civil society, international non-governmental organizations, governments and intergovernmental organizations, they aim to promote democratic values, justice, and inclusivity as core principles in changing global governance systems. Around the world, they seek to engage with critical stakeholders and partners in government, civil society, private sector and philanthropy to promote the idea of a global community with shared, concrete and cooperative problem-solving approaches and capabilities.

2) Eligibility

Non-profit organisations are eligible. They also award a limited number of grants to individuals, primarily through nomination for our fellowships, building on our legacy of investing in leaders.

3) Location

They are funding projects in selected focus countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

4) Budget

Average grant size is $250,000 and they give around 1,500 grants per year. In a typical year, less than one percent of unsolicited grant ideas result in funding.

5) Application

They recognize the time and energy it takes to apply, and because they respect the value of your time, they don’t want to encourage applicants to apply when there isn’t an opportunity for funding. The open funding opportunities are always displayed on their website.

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