Ford C3 Frequently Asked Questions

Proposals

  • How are the proposals evaluated?
    Proposals are scored based on how well they address the five criteria outlined in the Request For Proposal.
  • May a university submit a previously submitted proposal?
    Yes, as long as the proposal is submitted in a new and innovative way.
  • If a university is a past winner of the Ford College Community Challenge, can they be identified as a winner again?
    Yes. The proposal for 2014 may build upon the previous winning project; however it must approach the project in a new way.
  • Who will be notified if the proposal advances to the Top 20?
    The Project Lead(s) will be notified if the proposal advances.
  • Who should be identified as the Main Grant Contact?
    The Main Grant Contact should be the fiduciary at the college or university; this individual will be the main point of contact for the winning grant proposal.

Partners

  • May a university partner with another university to submit the proposal?
    Yes, a university may partner with another university as long as one university is located in the United States.
  • May the community partner be a local community or government entity instead of a non-profit organization?
    Yes.
  • Are local communities limited to the U.S.?
    An organization may partner with an international community.
  • May the project be international?
    Yes, this challenge is designed to benefit local communities.
  • May more than one college enter from a given university?
    Yes. Schools may also submit multiple proposals for different projects.
  • Is the Ford College Community Challenge open to the School of Architecture?
    Yes, it qualifies as an affiliate of the School of Design. It is not necessary to partner with the Schools of Business or Engineering in this case.

Student Involvement

  • What must the level of student involvement be in the project?
    A student, or team of students, must lead the project.
  • May student organizations apply?
    Yes, student organizations are encouraged to apply. Students and student organizations responding to the RFP must work with their college or university to gain their agreement to apply for, and serve as, the fiduciary organization for this grant.
  • May a student organization apply without faculty involvement?
    Yes, however students and student organizations responding to the RFP must work with their college or university to gain their agreement to apply for, and serve as, the fiduciary organization for this grant.
  • If students are involved in leading pre-college programs, will these qualify?
    Yes. It is advised to make sure the project identifies a specific issue.
  • May teachers and professors be involved in the project?
    Yes, in most cases university faculty are involved in the project.
  • Should schools notify Ford Blue Oval Scholars of the opportunity?
    Yes. We encourage scholars involvement as part of the project teams.

Funding

  • May the University provide additional funding for the project?
    University funding is appreciated to continue the project longevity. Respondents to the RFP will outline the details regarding this information in their proposal.
  • May students apply the grant funds to tuition?
    No, the grant funds must only be used for costs associated with the project.
  • May students be paid for their participation in the execution of the proposal?
    Yes, students may be paid.
  • May individual students receive the winning grant funds?
    No, individual students may not receive grant funding. Students and student organizations responding to the RFP must work with their college or university to gain their agreement to apply for, and serve as, the fiduciary organization for this grant.
  • What is the maximum allowable percentage for indirect costs overhead?
    Indirect costs should be no more than 15%. The costs must relate directly to the project. Ford will not pay general university overhead charges on any grant. Project-specific overhead charges exceeding 15% of the total budget will not be accepted.