We bring passionate people and trusted resources together to create lasting change in Williams, Divide, and McKenzie counties.

 Community foundations carry out their missions by obtaining flexible, non-endowed funds and building permanent endowment funds.  While non-endowed funds can be granted out to nonprofits in their entirety, earnings from the permanent endowment funds are given as grants to support projects and programs in the area, but the principle remains intact, continuing to provide grants for generations to come.


Now is a great time to consider a gift to create an endowment fund at the NWND Community Foundation.  With the North Dakota Income Tax Credit, donors can receive a 40% credit on their income taxes for gifts of $5,000 or more to qualified endowment funds.  Head to the "How to Give" page for more information!


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Grayson Mill Energy and NWND Community Foundation Announce STEM Teacher Grants 

Williston, N.D. — The Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2022 Grayson Mill Energy STEM Education Fellowships teacher grants program.  The Fellowships provide STEM educators with resources to support their professional development, and to enhance STEM education in the region for students, educators and their school communities. Program details, an application, and deadline information are available at www.NWNDCommunityFoundation.org

“Grayson Mill Energy is excited to support the region’s educators by investing in their continuing education,” says Whitney Stephenson, Senior Landman. “This Fellowship program will pay dividends to students who are engaged and inspired to learn about STEM.” 


Grayson Mill Energy’s STEM Education Fellowship (administered by the Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation) provides educators, possessing a broad vision of what it means to teach and learn, the resources needed to pursue self-designed professional learning experiences.  The STEM Education Fellowship may be utilized for virtually any STEM-related professional development, including extant courses or self-designed study, so long as the outcome benefits STEM education in the region and results in enhanced learning environments for educators, their students, and their school communities.  


“We are pleased to begin a relationship with Grayson Mill Energy through their leadership of this program,” remarked Ward Koeser, Board President of the Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation. “We have seen how beneficial investments directly in the professional development of teachers can be to curb educator burnout, inspire new ways of teaching, and enhance opportunities for students.”


Local educators will be selected through a competitive application process to participate in the 2022 Fellowship program. Applications are now being accepted through February 15, 2022, and the applications can be found here.


About Grayson Mill Energy

Grayson Mill Energy, LLC is a Houston-based exploration and production company focused on the acquisition and development of oil and gas assets within the Bakken. Grayson Mill Energy is excited about our transformational acquisition in the Williston Basin and look forward to being a strong supporter of the community.


About the Northwest North Dakota Foundation.

Through a generous gift by George Gaukler, a benevolent Williston area developer, residents were able to establish the Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation.  The Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation will bring together passionate people and trusted resources to create lasting change in the communities of Williams, Divide, and McKenzie counties. 


More information about the Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation, including the Grayson Mill Energy Charitable Fund’s grant guidelines, restrictions and other opportunities to submit funding requests for consideration may also be found on the website.