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Ford Foundation

Grants that address issues of community rights over natural resources

Principal Office: USA

The Ford Foundation is a large grant maker on a world scale. The goals of the Foundation are to work with visionaries on the front lines of social change worldwide.

The Foundation makes grants to challenge inequality. Among the thematic areas is Equitable Development, which makes grants that include aspects of Natural Resources and Climate Change.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

Challenging Inequality. The Ford Foundation’s efforts to promote equitable development focus on urbanization and land markets; equitable access to infrastructure and services; natural resource governance; and the links between equity and environmental sustainability.

Within the theme Equitable Development, the sub-theme “Natural Resources and Climate Change” seeks to ensure that indigenous and other communities have secure access to and control over natural resources and can benefit from them fully. The Foundation supports efforts to reduce deforestation and human rights violations linked to natural resource extraction; to ensure that oil, gas, and mineral producers respect the rights of communities; and to ensure that climate change policies benefit rural communities.

About the program

APPLICATION: The Ford Foundation invites submissions of project ideas. The online form asks for a brief description of the idea; the applicable region; and the applicant’s contact information.

Ideas can be submitted at any time.

About submitting project ideas

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries

The Foundation is active in the following world regions, classified in the framework of the Terra Viva Grants Directory.

Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands

East Asia

South Asia

Middle East and North Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa

Latin America and Caribbean

The Foundation’s website is available in English. Some of Ford’s regional offices offer additional languages.

The Foundation’s grants database can help grant seekers understand the projects that receive support.

Ford provides contact information for its headquarters office in New York, and for each of its regional offices.

June 2021