Community Building Spaces Grant

The Ford Family Foundation

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Grant amount: US $50,000 - US $250,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Capital Project

Location of project: Oregon, Siskiyou County, California, Counties in Oregon: Baker County, Clatsop County, Coos County Expand all

Location of residency: United States

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The Ford Family Foundation makes grants to public charities that predominantly benefit small communities in rural Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif. We respond to grant requests initiated by a nonprofit organization through our online application. We occasionally use a Request for Proposal (RFP) to target grants for programs and projects that best support the Foundation’s goals.

Community Building Spaces Capital Grants

Encourage civic participation, community collaboration and other ways of bringing residents together for the well-being of the community. Grants support the development of physical places that are open to the public and have multiple uses. 

Typical grant range: $50,000 to $250,000. Funds requested may not exceed one-third of the project’s total budget. 

Length: Primarily single year


For information purposes only (similar projects are not guaranteed funding): 

  • Building improvements at county fairgrounds
  • Libraries
  • Fire halls
  • Community centers
  • Auditoriums
  • Theaters
  • Senior centers that are open and inviting to all ages
  • Parks, playgrounds, community youth-athletic facilities, splash pads and pools (limited to $25,000)
  • Land acquisition 
  • Purchase of buildings 
  • New construction and renovation 
  • Fixtures, furnishings and equipment 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Community Building Spaces Capital Grants need to: 
    • Meet the Foundation’s eligibility and readiness requirements
      • Grant requests must meet all of the following requirements before consideration will be given:
        • Applicant organizations must have current 501(c)(3) Public Charity status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), or be a governmental entity, or be an IRS-recognized tribe. It may not be a private foundation as defined in Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
        • Geographical focus of project must be predominately (60% or more) for the benefit of residents of rural Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif. We define rural as communities with populations of 35,000 or less and not adjacent to or part of an urban or metropolitan area.
        • Must include significant collaboration and community buy-in (as evidenced by in-kind and cash contributions from local and regional sources).
        • Must have at least 50% of funding (may include in-kind) for the total project budget committed before applying
        • Requests are for no more than one third of the total project cost
        • Organization must not be delinquent in filing final reports for previous grants from the Foundation.
        • Organization may not be currently receiving other grant funds from the Foundation,
        • If the organization has received prior funding from the Foundation, it must wait 12 months after the completion of the prior grant before applying again for support
    • Serve communities in rural Oregon or Siskiyou County, Calif., with less than 35,000 in population not adjacent to or part of an urban or metropolitan area  
    • Show evidence of a sound design that meets a compelling need and is central to the mission of the applying organization
    • Have a strong staff and project team overseeing the plan and a strong board commitment to the project
    • Have a clear timeline and project budget, including adequate reserves for contingencies and possible cost overruns
    • Have evidence of sustainability, including a clear and defensible budget for on-going operational costs of the facility and the organization’s program
    • Show organizational financial stability and evidence that the capital project will not have a negative effect on the sustainability of the applying organization
    • Demonstrate evidence of strong community support and collaboration
    • Show funding, including in-kind, committed from a wide variety of sources and a credible plan to raise remaining funds
    • Provide evidence of positive community impact and the means to evaluate that impact
    • Have at least 50% of funding (may include in-kind) for the total project budget committed before applying.  rt.


  • We give priority to:
    • Smaller communities with demonstrated need  
  • Lower priority given to:
    • Government projects 
    • K-12 schools
    • Hospitals, colleges and universities, vehicles, sports equipment, library collections, computer equipment and scientific equipment
    • Stand-alone athletic facilities
    • Projects that are in an inundation zone and buildings that do not have adequate seismic protection


  • The Foundation does not consider funding requests for:
    • Endowments or reserve funds.
    • Debt retirement or operating deficits.
    • Indirect expenses unrelated to the project or program being funded.
    • Sponsorship of fundraising events.
    • Propagandizing or influencing elections or legislation.
    • Capital projects on university campuses.
  • Community Building Spaces Capital Grants will not be made for fundraising activities, to retire debt, reimbursement for items already purchased, computer software or technology updates, or capital projects on university campuses.