Oakes Area Community Foundation

About the Oakes Area Community Foundation

Established in 1998 by a grant from Mr. Frank Larson, the Oakes Area Community Foundation is a permanent endowment fund that can support charitable projects in the Oakes area for years to come. Earnings from the fund are given as grants to support nonprofit projects or programs in the area that work to improve our community and quality of life. 

The Oakes Area Community Foundation is managed locally by a group of volunteer citizens whose primary activities are building the fund and recommending grants each year.

Local Advisory Committee

John Zetocha
Ron Goodman
Toni Ptacek
Tom Gulsvig
Bill Schmitz
Becki Thompson
Abrah Dufault

Contact

John Zetocha
PO Box 571
Oakes, ND 58474

(701) 742-2112

Send an Email

or contact Kara at the North Dakota Community Foundation Bismarck office.

Apply for a Grant from the Oakes Area Community Foundation

  • Grants shall be awarded to organizations and/or projects within the city of Oakes and a 25 mile radius around the city.
  • Generally, grants shall not exceed $1,000
  • Grants to religious organizations shall be limited to those activities which are non-denominational and serve the entire community.
  • According to IRS guidelines, the Oakes Area Community Foundation shall not make grants to individuals. Organizations receiving a grant must be nonprofit or a government entity, such as a school or park district.
  • The Oakes Area Community Foundation will accept grant applications in the fall of each year.

In funding decisions, the Advisory Committee will consider:

  • Each project on the merits of the project
  • Organizational management and integrity
  • Level of local involvement and community support, to include fundraising
  • Degree to which the organization can demonstrate successful attempts to leverage monies through other granting agencies or programs
  • The number of residents served and the overall impact on the community
  • Innovative solutions or a new approach to an existing or recurring problem
  • Degree to which the Oakes Area Community Foundation grant will affect the success of the projec

Deadline: October 31


Download an application form, and send completed application to:

          Oakes Area Community Foundation
          PO Box 571
          Oakes, ND 58474

Grants Awarded by the Oakes Area Community Foundation in 2014

  • Guelph Community Development Association Inc - $1,000 to replace the roof 
  • Hospice of the Red River Valley - $2,000 for bereavement support in the Oakes area          
  • Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest - $2,000 for curriculum costs of 8 Junior Achiement kits          
  • Oakes Community Hospital Foundation - $1,500 for staff service excellence training          
  • Oakes Fire District - $2,500 to purchase hose for new pumper truck          
  • Oakes Public School -  $2,500 to purchase tress for the golf course           
  • Oakes Public School - $1,000 for the tornado watch program   

The North Dakota Community Foundation also administers the following funds in the Oakes area:

Leo Billey Memorial Scholarship
The Leo Billey Scholarship Fund was established with a gift from the estate of Leo Billey who passed away in 2005. Leo Billey farmed near Ellendale in Dickey County. He left his real estate to establish this fund to assist students from Oakes and Ellendale High Schools to pursue higher education.

Ray & Hazel Wuolu Memorial Scholarship
Established by the family of Ray & Hazel Wuolu in 2011. This fund will provide a scholarship to a deserving Oakes High School Graduate.

Brian Meehl Memorial Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in 2011 by the Family of Brian Meehl to provide assistance to deserving student from Oakes Public Schools. 

Rick & Nancy Warner Bigler Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in 2011 to provide scholarship assistance to students from the Oakes Area. The Rick and Nancy Warner Bigler Scholarship is to be awarded annually to an Oakes High School Senior in good standing to assist the recipient with the expenses related to a higher education experience. 

Max Zelenak Scholarship Fund
Established in 2002 to provide scholarship assistance to an eligible Oakes, ND high school senior.

First State Bank of ND Scholarship Fund
Established in 2006 to provide scholarship assistance to eligible Oakes, ND high school seniors.

Oakes VFW Scholarship Fund
Established in 2009 by the Oakes VFW Club to provide scholarship assistance to eligible Oakes, ND high school seniors.

Dickey County Disaster Relief Fund
This fund was established to assist with the long term disaster needs of Dickey County.

Oakes Area Foundation Billboard Fund
Established in 2000 to support the Billboard project in Oakes

Oakes Community Non-Endowment Fund
Established in 1998 to support Oakes area grants

Oakes Public School Endowment Fund
Established in 1999 to benefit the Oakes Public School system.

Oakes Public Schools Music Booster Fund
Established in 2002 to provide assistance to solely benefit band programs at the Oakes Public Schools.

Oakes School Playground Non-Endowment Fund
Established in 2000 to support the Playground project at Oakes School

Oakes Swimming Pool Non-Endowment Fund
Established in 2000 to support the Oakes Swimming Pool