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DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 19, 2018 – Ford Motor Company Fund is today announcing $450,000 in grants to the 2018 winners of the Bill Ford Better World Challenge. A project in South Africa has been awarded $200,000 and another in the United States will receive $250,000 to advance their transformational work to strengthen communities and make people’s lives better.
Ford employees submitted 42 grant proposals for Ford Volunteer Corps projects in partnership with nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations around the world. These two projects have been awarded funding to take their innovative ideas to the next level:
The challenge is jointly funded by Bill Ford and Ford Fund – the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. The program gives employee volunteers a unique opportunity to serve with community activists. In addition, they are able to take a deep dive into serious concerns, such as food, water, shelter and mobility, and craft sustainable solutions that can potentially improve the quality of life for people in need worldwide.
Now in its third year, the program has awarded a total of $1.4 million in grants to support seven transformational projects spanning Mexico, India, Thailand, United States and now, South Africa. Previous Bill Ford Better World Challenge grant recipients include:
“Most of the winning projects were developed by Ford’s Thirty Under 30 graduates who have taken their training in philanthropic leadership into the community to engage people and make strong connections with our nonprofit partners,” said Rene Palileo, manager, Ford Fund. “We’re not surprised these programs have resulted in strong, well-crafted solutions that will make a real difference in people’s lives.”
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan, that is committed to helping build a better world, where every person is free to move and pursue their dreams. The company’s Ford+ plan for growth and value creation combines existing strengths, new capabilities and always-on relationships with customers to enrich experiences for and deepen the loyalty of those customers. Ford designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of connected, increasingly electrified passenger and commercial vehicles: Ford trucks, utility vehicles, vans and cars, and Lincoln luxury vehicles. The company is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, connected vehicle services and mobility solutions, including self-driving technology, and provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. Ford employs about 186,000 people worldwide. More information about the company, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company is available at corporate.ford.com.