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Ford College Community Challenge (C3)

Ford C3 is a Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund) program that reflects Ford’s commitment to education and serving the Latino community. HACU partners with Ford Fund to challenge students from HACU-member Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) to design and develop innovative ideas that solve vital community issues ranging from education to community development to safe driving. Three proposals from groups made up of 3-5 students will be selected to receive a Ford C3 grant to activate their project with their chosen community-based organization.

1st Place:

 One (1) $10,000 grant to a community-based organization for project implementation: $10,000

 Up to (5) $1,000 academic scholarships for students: $5,000

 2nd Place:

 One (1) $7,500 grant to community-based organization for project implementation: $7,500

 Up to (5) $500 academic scholarships for students: $2,500

 3rd Place:

 One (1) $4,000 grant to community-based organization for project implementation: $4,000

 Up to (5) $200 academic scholarships for students: $1,000


  • Team of 3-5 students from the same Hispanic-Serving Institution - HACU Member School. To be eligible, each team member must be over the age of 18 and enrolled as a full-time student for both Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 (Spring 2019 graduates are not eligible).
  • Partner with one (1) non profit/community-based 501c3 organization (Organizational contact is required) (IRS letter of designation as a 501c3 will be verified for finalists).
  • Proposal addresses an urgent and unmet community need in a tangible way (need must meet at least one category within Ford C3 issue criteria). Proposal must include a project budget and budget description.
  • Include awareness campaigns outline through the use of social media platforms or other approved mediums, to educate the community and highlight project progress.


Project must have an innovative approach to address local need and make people’s lives better through the broad categories of Smart Mobility, Social Mobility and Building Sustainable Communities. Include at least one (1) of the following criteria in your project proposal.

  1. Education and Training: In an increasingly global economy, human capital is perhaps the most important ingredient to a community’s ability to survive and thrive.
  2. Safety: What do we mean when we refer to "safe communities?" How has this definition changed with the advent of the internet and other technologies?
  3. Sustainability and Mobility: How can we design and implement affordable, clean, and safe transportation systems for the 21st Century?
  4. Environmental Sustainability: Clean water and air are critical to the overall health and well-being of a community. How can members of a community (both individuals and organizations) learn to become more environmentally conscious and sustainable? This could include creative approaches to the conservation, or use, of water.
  5. Sustainable urban design.
  6. Student volunteer programs that partner with community organizations in new ways.


October 8, 2018 Application opens and program presented at HACU Conference in Atlanta, GA
March 1, 2019 Application deadline
April 15, 2019 Top three (3) teams announced and begin process of awarding funds to community-based organization partner as fiscal agent for project implementation.
August 16, 2019 Final program and fiscal report due from community-based organization
September 1, 2019 Scholarship funds awarded to Financial Aid office of the student’s college or university

Application Deadline: CLOSED

For any questions, please contact Gaston Cantu, Director of Student Services, at 210-576-3250 or email

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