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Make a gift as yearly or multi-year and make a difference forever in Adams County!

The Adams County Community Foundation was established by a group of residents concerned about the lack of funding for local organizations. It provides a method of receiving donations and distributing grants to benefit projects or nonprofit organizations in Adams County.  The fund is a component of the North Dakota Community Foundation, which is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation under IRS code 501(c)(3) and North Dakota Law.

TWO FUNDS: Committee work is supported by two funds to help us in our mission to serve the community. 

ENDOWMENT: Is the primary fund, and qualifies for 40% ND Tax Credit. (click on link for requirements) Roughly 4% of funds are put to work in the community used annually as "grants."

Non-Endowment PROJECT Fund: Provides immediate grants and funds for marketing launching events. Qualifies as a charitable gift if no benefit is given in return, but NOT for 40% ND income tax credit.

NDCF is the support system for Adams County Community Foundation, with over 40 years providing comprehensive charitable services to ND. This includes donor gift planning and bequest planning for individuals, company leaders, families, and nonprofits, and fiduciary services such as accounting, audit, and money management. This allows local volunteer committees to focus on telling their story of their foundation impact through marketing, granting, and growing the fund. 



Committee Members:

Jasmin Fosheim

Dorothy Becker

Cheryl Dix (Vice Chair)

Cody Jorgenson (Chair)

Allen Wickstrom

Alexis Hicks

LeAnn Fitch

Questions:  or Cody  (701)  567-4511


Adams County Community Foundation

120 South Main St.

PO Box 1323

Hettinger, ND 58639-1323

For anonymous giving, gift planning, or unique asset gifts. contact John Heinen, NDCF Western ND Support or call (701) 590-4614






DONATION FORM: Livable Community Giving

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ALLETE Clean Energy Donates $10,000 to ACCF

Chris Aepelbacher of ALLETE Clean Energy presents a $10,000 check to Jim Goplin, a member of the Adams County Community Foundation Steering Committee. (Photo courtesy of the Adams County Record.)

Thanks to ALLETE Clean Energy (ACE) for their $10,000 donation to the newly formed Adams County Community Foundation (ACCF). A subsidiary of ALLETE, Inc., ACE  finished construction on the 107-megawatt Thunder Spirit Wind Farm near Hettinger, N.D. Montana-Dakota Utilities will acquire and operate the wind farm for use by its utility customers.

ACE wished to leave a lasting gift for area residents in thanks for the cooperation and support they received from the people of Adams County.  Their donation to the Adams County Community Foundation will provide grant dollars into perpetuity for projects and programs in the area.

For more information about ALLETE's gift, click here.

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The Adams County Community Foundation has awarded over $2,000 in five grants since its inception in 2015. Recent grant awards are listed below.

Grants Awarded in 2021

Adams County Youth Development Foundation - $640 CM Cook Youth Development 4H & FFA Club
Southwest Dakota Human Service Zone - $420 Council for Boys and Young Men

2020: Hettinger Food Pantry - $594 for Emergency Supplies.

2019: Hettinger Golf Association - $463 for Youth Golf Program Scholarships


JUNE 1th to August 31tst



Grants are given yearly, and will fund the most urgent need of that year to the extent funds are available.

ACCF is for general needs of the region with equity around the county  as possible. Grants will be awarded to any organizations designated by the IRS as 501(c)3 nonprofit tax exempt groups, or government agencies. Contact the committee at the email below if you need a fiscal sponsor.

The board places emphasis on helping applicants that have limited access to other funding.

Extensions may be granted and additional grant application deadlines may be added at the discretion of the Advisory Committee.

Approved grant requests may be funded in full or partially, at the discretion of the Advisory Committee.

Requests for projects or programs that serve a greater number of county residents will receive higher priority.

Grants can be made to any entity in the Adams county.


To projects substantially supported by government or which can and should be paid with tax revenue.

Grants to national organizations.

Requests for operating funds or day-to-day expenses.

Grants to religious organizations shall be limited to those activities which are non-sectarian and serve the entire community. ie. food pantry


Requests for grants or scholarships for individuals will NOT be considered.

Multi-year "pledges"

Grants submitted by organizations who seek to influence legislation, carry on propaganda, participate in political campaigns, or which threaten to cause significant controversy or divisiveness.

Grant Ideas: New Playgrounds, Planting Trees in parks, School Tech needs,  Food pantry program, Shelter needs, County projects to improve quality of life, special need in Nursing home or Hospital. Ambulance & Fire needs.

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We made it easy for you to apply online for a grant!

Step 1 - Review

Review the grant guidelines above to make sure your organization qualifies.

Step 2 - Register

Create an account on our Grant Portal. You will need your organization’s name, EIN, and executive officer's name. Be sure to write down your user name (email address) and password.

Step 3 – Complete Your Application

After registering or logging in, you will arrive at the application section. Click “Apply” to the right of the grant program to which you wish to apply. If you do not see your desired grant program on the list, contact our office. You will be able to save your application and return later to complete it.

Click here for more detailed instructions and tips for using our online grant system.