Ford Driving Dreams Grants
In 2020, LULAC and Ford Motor Company Fund will celebrate their 10th anniversary of partnering to support education through the Ford Driving Dreams Grants program.
Educational initiatives and investments, such as Ford Driving Dreams, have contributed to the rising graduation rate of high school students in the United States. In 2015, the Department of Education reported a record-breaking high school graduation rate of 83.2% among high school students. Despite significant improvements, Hispanic graduation rates (77%) still trail in comparison to Non-Hispanic Whites (89%), Asians (91%) and African American students (82%).
Together, LULAC and Ford Fund are addressing the needs of the Hispanic community and helping increase Hispanic high school graduation rates. To date, 78 LULAC councils and educational partners across 25 states and Puerto Rico have developed and implemented effective high school dropout prevention programs rooted in localized solutions to address the specific needs of their communities. The Ford Driving Dreams Grants Program has funded over 82 programs, supported the education for more than 2,485 students and served as a convener and facilitator of the growth of LULAC councils.
To learn more about Ford Driving Dreams Grants Program click below.
2020-2022 Ford Driving Dreams Grants RFP
Please visit www.lulac.org/funding for more funding opportunities.
LULAC and Ford Fund are putting the health and safety of our students, members, and partners first in response to the school closures and “stay safe, stay home” ordinances while cases of the COVID-19 continue to increase. As a result, all Ford Fund Signature programs scheduled through the end of April 2020 will be postponed, including the evaluation of the Ford Driving Dreams RFP. We will continue to evaluate programs scheduled after this time in a manner consistent with company directives and guidance from health agencies and other experts. We will be updating new applicants and current program participants on any developments.
Again, your safety is our top priority, LULAC and the Ford Fund are working diligently to respond appropriately to the rapidly-changing situation while continuing to serve Latino communities across the nation. The Ford Driving Dreams Alumni Network will receive the opportunity to apply for COVID-19 Response stipends to support Hispanic students during the pandemic and provide relief efforts in their communities.
To learn more about LULAC’s current Ford Driving Dreams sites and student updates, click on each cohort below!