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Types of Grants

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Each year the Ford Foundation receives about 40,000 proposals and makes about 1,400 grants. Requests range from a few thousand to millions of dollars and are accepted in categories such as project planning and support; general support; and endowments. Grant applications are reviewed at our New York headquarters and in our regional offices. Please check the locations of our regional offices to determine if we operate in your country of interest.

A grant is a commitment by the foundation to make payments to an organization or an individual over a set period of time to further the work of one of our initiatives. The foundation gives the grantee autonomy over management of the funds, but all grantees must sign a letter agreeing to abide by the terms and conditions of the grant. Grants administrators ensure that the grant-making process—from preparation of the grant recommendation to processing final reports—conforms to the foundation's procedures and standards.

Here are the types of grants we make:

  • General/core support
  • Project
  • Planning
  • Competition
  • Matching
  • Recoverable
  • Individual
  • Endowment
  • Foundation-administered project
  • Program-related investment
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