Nonprofit organizations with a 501(c3) designation that are involved in education, health or safety are eligible to seek financial assistance from the Ford Motor Company Fund through its newly announced Operation Goodwill Southern California.

The program is a partnership with its local dealers, and the goal is to invest $1 million in the works of these nonprofits now through December 2013.

The American Red Cross is the first organization to benefit from the grant program which targets community initiatives and charitable organizations throughout Southern California. The Red Cross received a grant and a van to help deliver disaster preparedness backpacks to students throughout Los Angeles.

Interested organizations should submit a letter of request to Ford via the email address espublicrelations@gmail.com.