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GERTRUDE C. FORD FOUNDATION

Gertrude C. Ford Foundation

Contact information:
P.O. Box 13100
Jackson, MS 39236
Phone: 601-713-2300

Website: None

Type of foundation: Independent

Types of grants: Operating, capital, project.

Description: Gertrude Castellow Ford was a patron of the arts, a student of Shakespearean literature and an accomplished musician. She was married to Aaron Lane Ford, an attorney and U.S. congressman. Both are deceased. Gertrude Ford established the Foundation in 1991. The Foundation primarily supports education, health and youth-serving organizations in Mississippi.

Sample grants:

  • $11,300,000 to University of Mississippi for the Performing Arts Fund and building the Inn at Ole Miss (2008, approved for future payment).
  • $200,000 to Mississippi Museum of Art for its building fund (2008).
  • $20,000 to Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Association to hire musicians (2008).
  • $10,000 to Mississippi Opera (2008).

Fit for public broadcasting: This Foundation has a strong record of support for the arts and some for public media. 

Eligibility: No eligibility guidelines were found.

Deadline: None           

How to apply: Applicants should submit a letter of inquiry to Anthony T. Papa, Suite 410 LeFleur Bluffs Tower, Jackson, MS 39211.

Giving range: The great majority of grants are under $50,000. A few major grants have been in the $100,000 - 1,600,000 range. 

Assets: $45,708,317 (2008)

Total giving: $2,674,275 (2008)


This Grant Center profile is a synopsis of the foundation and its giving, based on currently available information. It is not intended to be a comprehensive source. Be sure to consult the foundation website for additional information.

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