Technical Assistance

Technical assistance grants are provided to assist an organization or community in their efforts to develop leadership expertise, engage in planning efforts, or advance collaborations. This concept is the core of "capacity building".  The grant helps fund the hiring of an outside consultant with specialized expertise. Ideally, the consultant will function as a facilitator/mentor/ teacher so that leadership/planning/collaboration skills are left behind with community members once the consultant engagement is complete.  These grants cannot be used to pay staff or board salary to conduct the work of a consultant.

Types of Technical Assistance:
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Leadership Development
Effective Organizations
Community Collaborations
Scope of Work Form

 The Institute favors technical assistance requests that: 

  • Come from an established organization where there is evidence of past success
  • Build on existing investments of the Ford Institute
  • Provide assistance to a network or cluster of people, organizations, or communities
  • Are clearly linked to a broad, compelling community need   

Requests may be for up to $5,000. A minimum 20% cash match towards the project is required and demonstrates board/leadership commitment. In kind contributions can be part of the project budget as long as the 20% cash match requirement has been met.

Applications for technical assistance require an attached scope of work that names the qualified consultant and details the work to be completed and anticipated results, as well as a copy of the consultants resume/vita. The Institute does not maintain a list of preferred consultants, however, the names of consultants in the area who have successfully provided similar services in the past are available on request. The Institute reserves the right to ask for evidence of a consultant's qualifications, and to reject a consultant if deemed not qualified.

If you have questions about a Technical Assistance request, please contact the Institute's Program Manager, Yvette Rhodes at or 541-957-5574.