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Casselton Community Endowment Fund

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About the Casselton Community Endowment Fund

Established in 1993 to support Casselton area community projects, the Casselton Community Endowment Fund provides a method of receiving funds/donations to benefit projects or nonprofit organizations in Casselton, North Dakota. 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 State law.

The Casselton Community Endowment Fund is managed locally by a group of volunteers whose main activities are building the fund and recommending grants annually. 

Local Advisory Committee

Elwood Gunderson
George Blank
Bob Miller
Julie Burgum
Greg Kempel
Scott Wolff
Kelly Everson
Melissa Grommesh
Mike Utt
Cami Wack
Edward McConnell


Greg Kempel
PO Box 188
Casselton, ND 58012

Email Greg

or contact Amy Stromsodt (701-795-1531), Development Director at the North Dakota Community Foundation.



Brandy Pyle representing the Casselton Business Association presents a check to Ken Habiger representing the Casselton Community Endowment Fund. CBA held a fundraiser to help kick off the annual Casselton Community Endowment Fund drive in 2014

The Casselton Area Community Foundation has awarded over $337,000 in 273 grants since its inception in 1993. Recent grant awards are listed below.

Grants Awarded in 2020

  • Casselton Park District
    • $3,000 for Flowers in the Park
    • $3,000 For Swimming Pool Bathhouse
    • $3,000 for Fishing Dock at Tinta Tawa Park
  • Cottonwood Golf Course - $3,500 for Tee Box Renovation
  • Central Cass Archery Club - $1,200 for Archery Program at School
  • Central Cass Spreading Sunshine - $1,500 for "Spreading Sunshine" Program for Teachers
  • Rural Cass County Emergency Food Pantry - $4,000 for COVID Supplies
  • Community of Care - $2,000 for Gas Cards for Volunteers' Expenses
  • Casselton Public Library - $2,500 for Library Shelving
  • Absaraka Parks - $4,000 for New Basketball Court

Grants Awarded in 2019

  • Casselton Heritage Center, INC - $1,000 to Sponsor Music Event
  • Casselton Park District - $3,000 for Governor's Park Sprinkler System Renovation
  • Casselton Park District - $2,000 for City Beautification/Flowers
  • Casselton Public Library - $2,000 for Bookcases
  • Central Cass Archer Club - $500 for General Operating Support
  • Central Cass Public School - $1,500 for Project Sunshine
  • Central Cass Public School - $2,770.20 for Literacy Footprints Guided Reading System (Kindergarten Kit Classroom)
  • Community of Care - $1,000 to Support the Volunteer Program
  • Cottonwood Golf Course - $2,500 for Clubhouse Parking Lot Repair
  • Rural Cass Community Theater - $7,000 to support Community Theater Directors/Leaders for 2020 Theater Arts Season
  • Rural Cass County Emergency Food Pantry - $2,500 to Upgrade the Fridge/Freezer & Additional Storage

Grants Awarded in 2018

  • Casselton Heritage Center, INC - $500 for Archival Project
  • Casselton Park District - $3,500 for Expansion of Diamond II
  • Casselton Public Library - $1,000 for Summer Reading Program
  • Central Cass PTA - $543 to Print a Central Cass School Directory
  • Central Cass School - $4,000 for AG Science Practical Application Training
  • Central Cass School - $2,000 for 3D Printer Stations for STEM Program
  • Central Cass School - $2,754 for Literacy Footprints Program for 2nd Grade Students
  • Central Cass School - $1,775 to Destination Imagination program
  • Central Cass School - $870 to Outfit Concession Stand for FCCLA
  • Community of Care - $500 for Gas Cards for the Volunteer Program
  • Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest - $1,000 for JA Programs at Casselton Schools
  • Rural Cass Community Theatre - $5,000 for Missoula Children's Winter Show & Big Summer Show
  • Rural Cass County Emergency Food Pantry - $1,000 for Food Scale & Outdoor Sign

The Casselton Community Endowment Fund has supported the Rural Cass Community Theatre for several years, including the 2013 production of The Music Man.

How to Apply for a Grant from the Casselton Community Endowment Fund

The Casselton Community Endowment Fund only makes grants to:
1.  Organizations designated as a non-profit, tax exempt organization under IRS Code 501(c)3 or to government agencies.
2.  Qualifying organizations in the city of Casselton.

Application Deadline: October 30

How to Apply:

Step 1 - Review

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

Step 2 - Register

Create an account on our Grants 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. (PDF)

Emil Nickl Memorial Scholarship: The fund was established in 1977 with a bequest from the Estate of Emil Nickl who was a retired railroad man of German birth. The scholarship will assist a graduating senior from the Casselton High School.

Bradley & Julie Burgum Family Fund:  Established in 1998 by Bradley & Julie Burgum to support their favorite charities

Casselton Parks & Recreation Endowment Fund:  Established in 1981 to support the Casselton Parks & Recreation program

Goshen - Moravian Cemetery Fund:  Established in 1990 in support of the Historic Goshen-Moravian Cemetery

Bill & Jean Guy Fund:  Established in 1978 by Bill & Jean Guy to support the work of the North Dakota Community Foundation

Pioneer School Endowment Fund:  Established in 1987 by Josephine Zaeske to support the historic Pioneer School building at the Cass County Fairgrounds.