Global Caring Month logo with Ford employee volunteer photos

A signature program of the Ford Volunteer Corps, Global Caring Month is a concentrated month long focus on community service each September. In addition to employee volunteers planning and coordinating projects, Ford Fund – the philanthropic arm of Ford – provides grants to nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) nominated by Ford employees to buy the tools and supplies needed to complete many of the activities.

This year, Ford Fund is excited to offer two programs, Gratitude and Volunteer Project Grants, to recognize the important work of NGOs and to support those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The application window for 2021 Global Caring Month grants has closed. If you are an employee who has submitted an application for either grant opportunity, please refer to the timeline below for next steps. The Ford Fund team will reach out to applicants directly with additional program details.

Global Caring Month Timeline Global Caring Month Timeline April-September


Click below for additional program details.

Program Guide FAQ
COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

The priority for Global Caring Month is to keep employees safe and be as flexible as possible given the everchanging circumstances of the pandemic. In order to participate in in-person volunteer projects, employees must comply with local market regulations, safety protocols and must check with their local HR representative to ensure the volunteer project is compliant with local company guidelines.

If in-person volunteer activities are canceled due to unexpected COVID-19 closures, approved Volunteer Project Grants will revert to a Gratitude Grant. The NGO or nonprofit organization must notify GlobalGiving, Ford Fund’s global grantmaking partner, of the canceled activity to ensure the nonprofit still receives the grant.