The philanthropic arm of the Ford Motor Company is called the Ford Motor Company Fund, or simply Ford Fund. Ford Fund has announced the annual $25000 grant challenge for historically African-American colleges and universities. The Ford HBC-You Mobility Challenge asks HBCU students, faculty, alumni, and administrators to design mobility-based projects intended to address community needs. Ford Fund also offers a second-place prize of $10,000.
The theme for the challenge this year is Making Lives Better: Changing the Way We Move Through Smart Mobility. The challenge was created to help empower collaborative creating and enable implementation of sustainable solutions that address unmet needs and aim to improve an individual’s life within their community. Ford is an avid supporter of projects such as this that look for mobility solutions to community needs.
In recent months the Fund has given a grant to Michigan State University to install sustainable lighting at bus stops around the campus. For that particular project, Ford donated $25,000 to the Sustainable Spartans student group. The money was to be used to fund the installation of 12 new solar-powered lights on the campus to light dark bus stops and other areas.
In December, the Ford Fund named the winner in its Men of Courage Barbershop Challenge. The goal of that competition was to see which barbershop owners could create the greatest community participation and the most creative partnerships over a three-month competition. The winner of that competition held activities at their business were talking about suicide prevention and public safety issues with members of the Cincinnati Police Department. In February, the Ford Fund donated $100,000 to help build homes for the Macomb County Habitat for Humanity. Those funds will go towards building a pair of modern container homes.