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2018 Bill Ford Better World Challenge Hands Out $450K

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Two winners have been announced in the 2019 Bill Ford Better World Challenge. A project based out of Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, South Africa, is the recipient of a $200,000 grant, while a Detroit-based project earns $250,000. The winners were selected out of a field of 42 proposals submitted by members of the Ford Volunteer Corps.

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The South African project is a mobile air-to-water filtration system that will leverage a Ford Ranger to provide clean drinking water to underserved communities. By pulling moisture from the air, the system will be able to produce up to 156 gallons of potable drinking water every day. The group behind the project also plans to build a stand-alone system at a community center that will house a 1,300-gallon tank. To help get this project off the ground, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering is adding $130,000 in funds.

Detroit’s Ford MoVe/Community Vending project utilizes a Ford Transit to stock vending machines that will supply must-have items like clothing, first aid, and hygienic products to the city’s homeless population. These vending machines will be available to use 24 hours a day and spread throughout the city. The Salvation Army will help Ford in the process of rolling out the project.

Over three years, the Bill Ford Better World Challenge has awarded $1.4 million in grants to seven different projects.

“Most of the winning projects were developed by Ford’s Thirty Under 30 graduates who have taken their training in philanthropic leadership into the community to engage people and make strong connections with our nonprofit partners,” said Rene Palileo, manager, Ford Fund. “We’re not surprised these programs have resulted in strong, well-crafted solutions that will make a real difference in people’s lives.”

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