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 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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NWND Community Foundation Announces Community Recovery Mini-Grants

Williston, N.D. — The Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation (NWNDCF) is announcing the availability of grants to support the communities of northwest North Dakota to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  In 2020, area individuals, businesses, and others donated thousands of dollars to the NWNDCF’s Relief Fund, and through nearly $90,000 of grants, NWNDCF supported communities, nonprofit organizations, hospitals, daycares, and food efforts within the region. The remaining funds within the Relief Fund are being pivoted from direct relief projects to community recovery efforts. 


“As a regional Community Foundation, we work to serve and strengthen communities across Williams, Divide, McKenzie, and Mountrail Counties every day,” remarked Ward Koeser, President of the NWNDCF Board of Directors.  “Our Community Recovery Mini-Grants are directed specifically toward small, quick-action projects that will enhance or help communities as they move toward recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic.” 


The maximum grant award is $2,500 for specific projects, and eligible recipients of grant funds are nonprofits (501c3, 501c4); governmental agencies; and unincorporated community groups with an appropriate fiscal sponsor. The mini-grants might provide project support for shopping local initiatives, outdoor enhancements like seating or other amenities, artistic enhancement of community spaces, a specific community event, and more. The focus is explicitly on Community Recovery.  The application deadline is May 14, 2021, and projects need to be completed before December 31, 2021.


“Through this funding allocation, we are hoping to invest in physical reminders of the strength and resilience of northwest North Dakota through the creative efforts of the region’s residents,” said Koeser.


The Community Recovery Mini-Grant application is linked HERE.

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