Community Building Spaces Grant

The Ford Family Foundation

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.

Focus Areas

Community Building Spaces grants may be used toward

  • Land acquisition  
  • Purchase of buildings
  • New construction and renovation
  • Fixtures, furnishings and equipment
  • Architecture, engineering and planning fees

Community Building Spaces grants will not be made for fundraising activities, to retire debt, reimbursement for items already purchased, or for computer software or technology updates.

Eligible Projects

The following list includes examples of projects funded in recent years. This list is 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, unsupervised athletic facilities and splash pads (limited to $25,000)

Funding Information

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

Length: Primarily single year.

Types of funds: Capital grants may be used as challenge or matching grants. 

Timing: Funds for any capital grant awarded by the Foundation will not be released until all funding is in place.

Geography served: Rural communities with less than 35,000 in population not adjacent to or part of an urban or metropolitan area.

Population served: All populations.

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  • 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.
    • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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. 

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