Ford Motor Company Fund is requesting proposals for an innovative grant-making initiative: The Ford College Community Challenge. This program is designed to empower student-led projects at higher education organizations to catalyze community-building projects that address pressing local needs.
The overarching theme of the Ford College Community Challenge is “Building Sustainable Communities.”
“At Ford, we understand that to be a truly sustainable organization, we must play an active role in the larger community, helping address a wide range of vital issues from education to safety to mobility”.
Winning proposals must address, in some creative way, a tangible, unmet community need that addresses the issue of building a sustainable community. Participants are urged to think broadly and explore a variety of potential topics including infrastructure and workforce needs, education pipeline issues, design issues, new approaches to student volunteerism, etc.
Up to 10 winning proposals will be selected to receive $25,000 each from Ford Motor Company Fund to support implementation of the proposed projects. Winning proposals must, at a minimum:
1. Describe an innovative approach to “Building Sustainable Communities”
2. Involve students in a leadership role
3. Seek to address an urgent and unmet community need in a tangible way
4. Involve a community-based organization as a partner
5. Involve the school of business, engineering, or design in some way
Transmittal and other internal processing documentation will be reviewed and approved for submission by the Office of Innovation & Industry Engagement. Proposals will be submitted on your behalf by Michigan Tech’s Ford Liaison.
- Proposals are due Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 5:00 pm for internal review and processing prior to the submission deadline of Wednesday, May 11, 2016.
- Twenty proposals from the 1st round will be selected in early June 2016 to advance to the 2nd round of the competition. These proposals will be asked to provide an additional “elevator speech” description of their projects, delivered via video.
- Award winners will be announced and projects implemented in fall 2016.
Faculty and staff who would like to submit a proposal should contact Pete Cattelino, Office of Industry Relations (firstname.lastname@example.org, 487-3486), to obtain a full RFP and further information.