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Ford Is Doling Out Hundreds Of Thousands In Disaster Relief Grants

The Ford Motor Company Fund is preparing to give away up to $210,000 in three grants, worth $70,000 each, to disaster relief groups with unique mobility requirements.

Ford is calling its new grant-giving program the “Disaster Relief Mobility Challenge,” and it was announced today, in conjunction with September’s National Disaster Preparedness Month. Only non-profit organizations are eligible to receive the grants – no government organizations or municipalities – and each applicant must describe to Ford how the Transit van can suit their disaster relief requirements. Each awarded group will receive a grant for $70,000 to purchase and outfit a Ford Transit for their purposes.

“We’re asking for help from the experts on the ground on how to best utilize Ford vehicles following an earthquake, hurricane or other devastating natural event,” says Ford Fund President Jim Vella. “Ford’s strength as a mobility company combined with the know-how of dedicated disaster responders can take our efforts to a higher level and help more people.”

Applications for Ford’s Disaster Relief Mobility Challenge must be submitted by October 31st, 2016. Winners will be notified in November.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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