Grant Making Policies
Grant seekers should note the following before contacting NDCF concerning a grant:
- NDCF makes grants only to those organizations designated by the
IRS Code as 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt groups or government
Before writing a letter of request to NDCF seeking financial
assistance, please make certain that your organization is eligible
for a grant according to the stated tax exempt requirement.
- Since NDCF serves organizations
statewide, grants normally do not exceed $5,000.
In considering a formal grant request, NDCF will review the
- The composition and commitment of the group’s overseeing
body – Board of Directors or Trustees.
- The organization’s management and fiscal integrity.
- The possibility of a grant leveraging additional support.
- The level of local involvement and support.
- The number of people to be served and the impact of the
program on the community.
- The degree to which the program duplicates or complements
the work of other community organizations.
- The possibility of the program being replicated in another
- The extent to which the project reflects an imaginative or
new approach to a problem.
- The impact of the North Dakota Community Foundation’s grant
on the success of the project.
- Please submit a concise letter of request not to exceed two (2)
pages describing the organization, the project, the approximate
project cost, and the amount to be requested from NDCF — only one
request per agency per year. NDCF
does not accept faxed or emailed requests.
- Mail Letters of Request to:
NDCF Letter of Request
PO Box 387
Bismarck, ND 58502-0387
- Deadline: Letters of request must be received by NDCF no later than August 15.
- The NDCF Board of Directors review the letters of request in September.
If the Board is interested in additional information, formal
application materials are sent in late September. Requests not continuing
through the process will be notified by the first of October.
- Grants are paid out in late November or December.
In addition to the above, the following guidelines will be used
in the prioritizing of grant requests:
- NDCF does not have a narrow area of focus. The Board looks
at each project on its merits.
- The Board attempts to be as equitable as practical to the
various geographic regions of the State.
- NDCF does not make multi-year grant commitments.
- The Board places emphasis on helping applicants who have limited
access to other sources of funding.
- A low priority will be given to projects already
substantially supported by government, or which in the opinion
of the NDCF Board, can and should be provided for by taxes.
- Grants for sectarian projects will receive a low priority.
- Grants to national organizations will receive a low
- Grants will be denied to organizations and projects that
exist to influence legislation, carry on propaganda, participate
in political campaigns, or which threaten to cause significant
controversy or divisiveness.
- A low grant priority will be given to those organizations
which field substantial fund-raising each year with paid and
- Grants are not made to individuals.
Unrestricted and Field of Interest Grant Guidelines
The North Dakota Community Foundation serves North Dakota
communities statewide with the goal of improving the quality of life
for the state’s citizens. The Foundation administers many different
types of funds. Most of the Funds are restricted to a specific
purpose. This page deals with the guidelines for the
Foundation’s Unrestricted Grants. Applications for a grant from
the regional community endowment funds are available from the local
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