The Ford Motor Company Fund, the company’s philanthropic arm, is announcing a new $1 million capital grants program to strengthen and improve local communities’ infrastructure in West Tennessee, home to BlueOval City, Ford’s new $5.6 billion electric vehicle and battery manufacturing campus.

Capital grants are tax-exempt charitable gifts designed to fund capital projects such as building renovations, land preservation, and other community-based construction projects. The $1 million in capital grants will be available for nonprofits and municipalities in West Tennessee, located in the following counties surrounding BlueOval City: Haywood, Fayette, Tipton, Lauderdale, Shelby and Madison.

“Community has always come first for Ford, and we are staying true to our legacy of giving back by investing in our new Tennessee neighbors,” said Mike Schmidt, director of Programs at Ford Motor Company Fund. “Our goal is to ensure that the communities where we build benefit from the investments we’re making and the jobs that Ford and SK On are creating.”


The grants are designed to enable capital improvements in the region, including physical
infrastructure such as playgrounds and construction of new or renovated spaces like community centers.

The awarded grants will range between $25,000 and $100,000.

Ford’s BlueOval City manufacturing campus will enable Ford and SK On to create 6,000 new
jobs and produce an all-new, revolutionary electric truck and advanced batteries to power future Ford and Lincoln electric vehicles.

Ford Fund’s capital grants program builds upon the philanthropic support the company has
already invested in West Tennessee, including the Lorraine Civil Rights Museum and National Urban League in Memphis.

To apply for a capital grant, organizations should visit:

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