With Ford committed to transitioning its entire European passenger vehicle lineup to EVs by 2030 or sooner, it was briefly unclear what the future held for the automaker’s Halewood Transmission plant in the UK. However, as Ford Authority reported back in October 2021, that facility has since been tabbed to produce power units for future all-electric models following an investment of £230 million pounds ($316 million USD), and roughly one year later, Ford announced that it would be investing another £125 million pounds ($152 million USD) in the Halewood plant. Now, Ford Fund – the automaker’s philanthropic arm – has revealed that it will make an investment of its own, this time in the community surrounding the Halewood plant.
Ford Fund – in partnership with the international grant-making partner GlobalGiving – has announced that it will make a £1 million investment ($1.27 million USD) now through the end of 2025 to support Halewood and the wider Liverpool city region. The goal of that investment is to expand access to essential services including food provision for the underserved as well as educating and preparing young people for the future world of work, bridging the gap between teaching and real-world industry experience. Ford Fund and GlobalGiving will collaborate with key partners including Torrington Drive Community Association (TDCA), Liverpool Life Sciences UTC, and Strawberry Field on the project.
“As the global philanthropic arm of the company, we are delighted to work with our Ford teams and non-profit partners around the world to expand access to opportunities to help people and communities move forward,” said Mary Culler, President, Ford Motor Company Fund.
“This year we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of Ford Halewood plant with our first power units for electric vehicles,” said Lee Meyers, Plant Manager at Halewood. “Ford and its employees are fully committed to our community, and it is wonderful to continue to expand and strengthen our outreach, working with key partners in Halewood and the wider region to help make a difference to local people’s lives.”