Star Fund Supports 15 Community Enhancement / Marketing Projects
The commission approved the funding requests at its meeting on Tue., Feb. 9, 2016.
Each year, the Williston STAR Fund board of directors conducts a thorough review of projects seeking Community Enhancement funding. In order to qualify for the CE grants, the group applying for the funding must be able to show how their project improves the quality of life in Williston by stimulating economic growth, promoting tourism and / or creating jobs.
“We spent a full day reviewing 18 prospective projects,” said Rob Osborn, President of the Williston STAR Fund board. “This year we funded a total of 15 projects located in the communities of Crosby, Fairview and Williston.”
The funds will benefit a variety of ventures including a new pavilion at Davidson Park, new lighted holiday decorations for Downtown Williston and Fairview, renovations of the club house at the Crosby Country Club and many more.
The 2016 Community Enhancement grants totaling $50,000 will be matched by $207,623.50 of additional money that the applicants have raised to bring their projects to fruition.
The Williston STAR Fund was created in 1991 after voters approved a one-cent city sales tax. Twenty-five percent of the sales tax proceeds are designated for economic and community development projects.
Community Enhancement applications for 2017 are online at http://www.willistondevelopment.com.
2016 Star Fund
Community Enhancement Projects
Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau - Band Day $5,000 has been allocated to help secure a guest band for Band Day 2016. The total cost is $40,320. Contact Sabrina Ramey at 701-774-9041.
Crosby Country Club $3,000 has been dedicated to defray the costs of updating the club house and golf course maintenance equipment. The total cost is $10,500. Contact Grant Haugland at 701-641-0059.
Divide County Fair Association $2,500 has been set aside to help purchase heavy duty picnic tables. The total cost is $8,862.50. Contact Melissa Adams at 701-570-3219.
James Memorial Preservation Society $3,500 has been approved to help purchase new LED track lighting for the main gallery of the James Memorial Art Center. The total cost is $5,200. Contact Deana Novak at 701-774-3601.
Marketplace for Kids $4,000 will help defray the cost of Marketplace for Kids at Williston State College. The total cost is $37,709. Contact Marilyn Kipp at 701-663-0150.
Fairview Chamber of Commerce $1,500 has been allocated to help purchase new Christmas lighting. The total cost is $5,000. Contact Ray Trumpower at 406-489-2624.
Miss North Dakota Scholarship Organization $5,000 has been approved to benefit the pageant’s 30th Anniversary celebration in Williston. The total cost $21,000. Contact Marilyn McGinley at 701-571-3434.
Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau - Chokecherry Festival $4,000 has been allocated to help attract entertainment acts. The total cost $50,232. Contact Sabrina Ramey at 701-774-9041.
Old Armory Governing Board $5,500 has been approved to help repair the building ahead of its 100th Commemoration. The total cost $40,000. Contact Earl Westerling at 701-577-0278.
Prairie Tumbleweed Association $500 has been dedicated to help train gymnastic coaches. The total cost $2,500. Contact Sam Pulvermacher at 701-965-6354.
Trinity Christian School $2,500 has been approved to help fund fire system upgrades. The total cost $5,000. Contact Cory Fleck at 701-774-9056
United Way of Williston $2,500 has been allocated for development and marketing. The total cost $7,000. Contact Sabrina Ramey at 701-774-9041.
Upper Missouri Ministries $3,500 has been approved for camp development and marketing. The total cost $35,000. Contact Nick Johnson at 701-859-4181.
Williston Downtowner’s Association $2,000 has been dedicated for lighted holiday decorations for Main Street. The total cost $6,000. Contact Karissa Kjos at 701-580-9343.