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Bowman & Slope County Community Foundation (BSCF)

The Bowman & Slope County Community Foundation (BSCF) 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 Bowman and Slope counties, including the towns of Amidon, Marmarth, Rhame, Bowman, Scranton, Gascoyne, and Haley. The Foundation is affiliated with the North Dakota Community Foundation, which is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation under IRS code 501(c)(3) and North Dakota Law.

Committee work is supported by these funds to which donors can give and 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". CLICK HERE to make an ENDOWMENT GIFT. 
  • Project- non-endowment Fund: Allows for funding of local events from which net proceeds flow to endowment at year end. Qualifies for charitable gift as long as no benefit is given in return. Does not qualify for ND 40% income tax benefit.

NDCF is the support system for BSCCF with over 40 years providing comprehensive charitable services to ND. This includes donor gift planning and bequest planning for individuals, company leaders, families, and non-profits, 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. 

Local Advisory Committee

Bowman, Duane
Burke, Kasey (Vice Chair)
Clendenen, Jeanine (Chair)
Fischer, Amy
Kelner, Ila
Narum, Robb
Olson, Scott
Pagel, Kristy
Teske, Carla

Bowman & Slope County Community Foundation (BSCF)
PO Box 1128
Bowman, ND 58623

Questions: Please email Jeanine Clendenen at or the Community Foundation general inbox BY CLICKING HERE

For anonymous giving, gift planning, or unique asset gifts, please contact John Heinen- NDCF Western ND Regional Director at (701) 590-4614 or


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Organized in 2014, the Bowman & Slope County Community Foundation is a permanent fund where gifts from many individuals and businesses are pooled into a single fund.  Every year, income generated from the fund will be used to make grants to organizations that provide projects and programs to improve the quality of life for area residents. 

QUESTIONS click here

Recent grant awards of the Bowman & Slope County Community Foundation are listed below.

CLICK ON APPLY FOR GRANT if you want to apply. 

Grants Awarded in 2024 (includes grants from the Grid United Community Investment Program for Slope County)

  • Amidon Fire Protection District:  $40,000 for a Mounted tank & pump

Grants Awarded in 2023 (includes grants from the Grid United Community Investment Program for Slope County)

  • Amidon Fire Protection District:  $75,000 for a water tender
  • Slope Farmers Fair Association: 
    • $25,000 for an arena update
    • $20,000 for a concession stand update
  • Bowman County School District #1:  $15,000 for the Bulldog Wellness & Performance Center
  • Bowman County Development Corporation:  $9,237 for wayfinding signage for the City of Bowman
  • Scranton Fire Protection District:  $5,000 for vehicle stabilization jacks (rescue equipment)
  • Pioneer Trails Regional Museum:  $1,750 for History on Display
  • Bowman Regional Public Library:  $2,000 for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Grants Awarded in 2022

  • American Legion Post 0048 Frank Gordhammer:   $2,500 for their US Flag Project
  • Tot-Lot ChildCare, Inc.:  $2,500 for new playground equipment
  • Bowman Regional Public Library:  $2,000 for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library
  • NDSU Extension - Bowman County:  $2,124 for Bowman County Shooting Sports
  • Pioneer Trails Regional Museum: $768 for “Bowman and Slope Counties Through the Ages”
  • Bowman Parks & Recreation:
    • $15,000 for The Edge (the Bowman County Activity Complex)
    • $15,000 to the Bowman Baseball/Softball Complex Update project
  • Scranton Public School:  $12,000 for the tennis and basketball court upgrades
  • Scranton Quick Response Unit:  $8,000 for a communications systems update and radios
  • Scranton Fire Protection District:  $7,500 for an air compressor and rescue tools
  • Amidon Fire Protection District:  $5,620 for winter cover
  • Slope Farmers Fair Association:  $5,000 for a Quonset renovation
  • Rhame Fire Department:  $3,200 for a ND State dispatch radio upgrade

Grants Awarded in 2021

  • Bowman Fire Dept - $4,000 SCBA Masks
  • Pioneer Trails Regional Museum - $866 Backyard Paleo
  • Scranton Fire Protection District - $1,350 Replacement Boots
  • Women Empowering Women - $1,000 Bowman Landing

Grants Awarded in 2020

  • Scranton Fire protection - $4,000 for SCBA Unit, Repairs, Improvements
  • Marmarth Ambulance - $700 for Repeater Batteries
  • Brosz Engineering - $3,500 for Splash Path at Rotary Park
  • Amidon Fire Protection - $700 for EMR Equipment & Lighting
  • The Giving Tree - $3,000 for Operations

Grants Awarded in 2019

  • Bowman Public Schools - $2,000 for Benchmark Assessment &Leveled Books
  • Regional Public Library - $813 for Reading Corner
  • Southwest Healthcare Services - $2,000 for COPE2 Thrive program

Apply Now! Fall Deadline: 9/15/24

Apply or access past application


The Bowman & Slope County Community Foundation has announced that it will be holding three grant rounds in 2024 with significant additional grant dollars available from Grid United’s Community Investment Program (CIP). Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt organization, a government agency, or have a fiscal sponsor with one of those designations and must provide services in Bowman and/or Slope counties.

Grid United, an independent transmission company and donor to the region, has donated a large gift designated for those entities in or serving a large population in Slope to be granted in 2024 alongside the foundation’s endowment earnings which serves both counties. These grant dollars will be divided up into two grant rounds.

Grants will be awarded in three different grant rounds in 2024:

  • Spring Round:  Application Deadline April 27th - $40,000 Available
  • Fall Rounds: TBD
  • Organizations may apply in both rounds.  

ADDITIONAL FUNDS will be available in 2025.


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 username (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.

Step 4 - Bookmark the address so when returning you can easily access. Or access with button above. 

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


  • Grants are given yearly and will fund the most urgent need of that year to the extent funds are available.
  • BSCF is for general needs of the region with equity to both county areas 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.


  • 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 Food support program, Shelter needs, County projects to improve quality of life, special need in Nursing home or hospital. Ambulance & Fire needs.

Questions: EMAIL or call by clicking here

Plan Your Legacy

Making a lasting difference in our communities or for future generations may be easier than you realize.  With very simple language in your will or trust, you can help the Bowman Slope County Community Foundation (BSCCF) continue to support important projects and programs in our area forever.

Gifts to BSCCF are carefully invested by our partner foundation - the North Dakota Community Foundation - to generate a  permanent source of charitable income.

If you have children or other relatives, you can leave a portion of your estate to them and a percentage to BSCCF. Doing so provides for your heirs while honoring your charitable values.


Brothers Russell and Dale Brown left gifts to the communities of Lisbon and Milnor, ND, in their estate plans.

Getting Started

1.  Download our free Estate Planning Guide - it contains helpful information and things to consider as you develop your own unique plan.

2.  Reach out to a Bowman and Slope County Community Foundation committee member to learn more about the charities and needs in our area.

3.  Consider discussing (confidentially) your vision with our NDCF gift planner John Heinen.  He has many years of experience helping donors create their charitable vision and better prepare for their discussions with financial planners. John's cell is 701-590-4614 or you can email him at

4.  Contact your professional advisors (financial planner, attorney and/or accountant) and ask for help in establishing a charitable gift to our foundation.

5.  Make sure your will or living trust is up-to-date and reflects your charitable goals.

6.  Consider notifying the charitable organizations about the gift you plan to leave them.  They will appreciate your generosity and will want to know what you’d like them to do with your eventual gift if it isn't clear.


Language for Your Will or Living Trust

Susanne Mattheis wished to support several different charitable organizations in Bismarck after she passed. NDCF helped her craft a plan that accomplished her charitable goals and provided long-term support to the Public Library, Symphony Orchestra, and five other local entities.

If you would like to include the Bowman and Slope County Community Foundation in your will, here is some sample language to consider:

“I give and bequeath to the North Dakota Community Foundation (Tax ID Number 45-0336015), a qualified charitable organization under IRS 501(c)(3), located in Bismarck, North Dakota, ___________ (a percentage of the estate, specific dollar amount, or remainder of estate) for the Bowman and Slope County Community Foundation, a permanent component of the North Dakota Community Foundation.”

*  Be sure to contact your legal advisor.


There are many other ways to make a deferred gift to your community, including

  • Making NDCF (and your specific community fund) the beneficiary of your life insurance policy, IRA, 401K, or commercial annuity
  • Establishing a Charitable Gift Annuity with NDCF
  • Other more sophisticated tools, depending on your unique situation

To investigate options and learn more about how other North Dakotans have given back, visit our planned giving website at