Ford Challenges University Students to be Social Entrepreneurs and Help Communities

November 24, 2016

Ford has partnered with the charity Enactus UK to launch the Ford College Community Challenge (Ford C3) to encourage students to address some of the most challenging issues faced by society.

A total of £15,000 of grant funding is available from the Ford Fund for student projects which focus on building sustainable communities, with teams needing to demonstrate innovative thinking and an entrepreneurial approach to improving lives.

Three winning teams will be presented with a grant of £5,000 each in April 2017 at the Enactus UK National Expo in London.

2016 was the inaugural year for Ford College Community Challenge in the UK. The University of Nottingham, University of Kent and Nottingham Trent University were the overall winners with projects that focused on empowering the elderly, recycling, waste prevention and vertical farming.

One of last year’s winning projects was “Re-covered’ a furniture social enterprise that aims to provide affordable refurbished furniture to those in need whilst creating employment and preventing furniture waste. Led by David Law, from Nottingham University, Re-covered has to date empowered 16 people through training and employment, improved the lives of over 180 families who have bought over 600 pieces of furniture, saved local housing tenants over £50,000 and diverted over 800 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Speaking on behalf of the team David said “It has been an amazing experience to design, implement and build the “Re-covered” enterprise. The positive reactions from the social housing tenants we have helped and our partners have been extremely fulfilling and we are set for future growth.”

The Ford College Community Challenge is one of the global education programs from Ford Fund, Ford Motor Company’s non-profit corporate foundation, dedicated to providing access to quality education, leveraging Ford’s expertise in smart mobility and automotive safety to help make people’s lives better, and inspiring innovators to build sustainable communities. Now in its ninth year, the program has provided over $2 million in grants to universities around the world.

In the UK, Ford Fund partners with Enactus UK to run Ford C3. Enactus UK, founded in 2001, operates in 56 universities with more than 3,000 active students. Internationally Enactus works with over 70,000 students across 36 countries.

For more information on the Ford UK College Community Challenge please see




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