Statewide Greatest Needs Fund

NDCF's Statewide Greatest Needs Fund is designed to address the greatest charitable and community needs all across North Dakota.  A simple, yet effective application process allows North Dakota communities and organizations to explain what project or program is most important to them and in need of funding.  The NDCF's Board of Directors considers applications and directs grants every year to those who need help the most.

Gifts to this unrestricted endowment fund will ensure that there will always be a resource to address the changing needs in our state.

 

How to Donate to the Statewide Greatest Needs Fund

NDCF's Statewide Greatest Needs Fund is uniquely positioned to make a positive difference all across North Dakota.  You can be a part of this important and efffective program by giving to this endowment fund today.  Your gift will help countless North Dakotanas for generations.

  • Donate online by clicking on the "Donate" tab on the left of this website
  • Send a check to NDCF at PO Box 387, Bismarck, ND 58502 (write SWGN on the memo line)
  • Include NDCF's Statewide Greatest Needs Fund in your will
  • Call us at (701) 222-8349 to discuss these or other options for giving

Gifts of over $5,000 will qualify for the North Dakota 40% State Tax Credit.  Contact NDCF or your tax advisor for more information.

2016 Grant Round is Open!

NDCF's Statewide Greatest Needs 2016 Grant Round is now open.  Applications are due by July 31, 2016 and will be reviewed by the NDCF Board of Directors.  For more information and/or to apply for a grant, please visit our Statewide Greatest Needs Application page

How To Apply for a Grant from the SWGN Fund

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) nonprofit tax exempt groups or government agencies.
  • Before applying, 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.

Considerations

In considering a formal grant request, NDCF will review the following:

  • 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 setting.
  • 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.

Priorities

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 priority.
  • 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 fundraising each year with paid and volunteer staff.
  • Grants are not made to individuals.

To apply for a Statewide Greatest Needs Grant, please click here.

Grants Awarded in 2014 from the Statewide Greatest Needs Fund

The Bottineau Rodeo Club received a $2,500 grant from NDCF's Statewide Greatest Needs Fund in 2014 to help rebuild their area. Pictured left to right are Angie Nelson, Mehani Bowers, Laura Ellen Brandjord, Debra Nelson, and NDCF President & CEO Kevin Dvorak.

  • Bottineau High School Rodeo Club -To Rebuild Rodeo Arena:  $2,500
  • Carrington Youth Center - Youth Center Renovation:  $2,500
  • City of Hannaford - Library Renovation:  $4,000
  • Community Ambulance Services, Inc. - Lucas CPR Machine:  $5,000
  • Community Violence Intervention Center - Furnishings And Services For Kids First:  $3,000
  • Devils Lake Kids Preschool & Childcare Center - Childcare Equipment:  $4,382
  • Elgin-New Leipzig Public School District - Printing Equipment:  $2,500
  • Empire Arts Center - Building Repairs:  $1,290
  • Family Bridges Visitation & Exchange Center - Operating Expenses:  $3,798
  • FirstLink - First Aid Training:  $2,000
  • High Five Inc. - To Support The High Five Summer Camp:  $1,240
  • James Memorial Preservation Society - Handicap Ramp Repair:  $2,158
  • Kidder Emmons Senior Services - Locked Food Storage Renovation:  $3,500
  • Mayer-Morlock American Legion Post #250 - Building Repairs:  $5,000
  • Mayville Senior Citizens Center - New Roof Project:  $1,000

Kevin Dvorak, President & CEO of NDCF (far left) and Dawn Feeley, NDCF Board Member (center), present Statewide Greatest Needs Fund grant checks to representatives of the McVille Community Library, the McVille Days Committee, and Nelson County Health Services Foundation in October of 2014.

  • McVille Community Library - Library Updates:  $4,000
  • McVille Days Committee - Community Trailer:  $500
  • Nelson County Health Services Foundation - Therapeutic Bath Tub:  $4,000
  • North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations - The North Dakota Nonprofit Sector Report:  $2,500
  • Rehab Services, Inc. - A Handicap Door:  $3,500
  • Southeast ND Community Action Agency - Provide healthy, fresh meat in Food Pantries:  $2,500
  • St. Ann's Catholic School - New Security Locks For The School Doors:  $460
  • Stones Market - Grocery Store Updates:  $3,000
  • Tuttle Senior Citizens Club - Replace 10 Windows for Senior Center:  $3,000
  • Verona Community Center - Purchase Air Conditioners:  $5,000
  • Western Wellness Foundation, Inc. - Upgrading Computers:  $2,500
  • Wing Theatre - Theatre Upgrades:  $5,000
  • Youth Opportunity Unlimited, Inc. - Family Services:  $2,500
  • Devils Lake Kids Preschool & Childcare Center - Childcare Equipment:  $618
  • Elgin Community Betterment/Kidz Clubhouse - Funding To Support Kidz Camp:  $5,000
  • Fraser Ltd - Infant Play Structure:  $2,850
  • High Five Inc. - To Support The High Five Summer Camp:  $760
  • St. Ann's Catholic School - New Security Locks For The School Doors:  $4,540
  • Family Bridges Visitation & Exchange Center - Operating Expenses:  $1,202
  • Girl Scouts - Dakota Horizons - LEGO Robotics For Girls:  $3,000
  • Crystal Park Board - Playground Equipment:  $3,000
  • Emerado Park District - Restroom updates:  $5,000
  • Empire Arts Center - Building Repairs:  $1,210
  • Gorge Arts & Heritage Council - Building Updates:  $3,000
  • Northlands Rescue Mission - Furniture For Residents:  $5,000
  • Park River Community Theatre - To Improve The Handicap Exit:  $3,000
  • Walhalla Senior Citizens - Parking Area Repairs:  $3,000