NWND Community Foundation Announces Community Recovery Mini-Grants
April 14, 2021 | View PDF
Williston - 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, NWNDCF Board of Directors president. “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, and projects need to be completed before December 31.
“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.