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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.



Recent Grants from the Casselton Community Endowment Fund

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

2020 Grants

  • Casselton Park District
    • $3,000 for flowers in the park
    • $3,000 toward a Swimming Pool Bathhouse
    • $3,000 toward a Fishing Dock at Tinta Tawa Park
  • Cottonwood Golf Course - $3,500 toward the Tee Box Renovation project
  • Central Cass Archery Club - $1,200 to support the Archery program at the school
  • Central Cass Spreading Sunshine - $1,500 to support the "Spreading Sunshine" program for teachers
  • Rural Cass County Emergency Food Pantry - $4,000 to purchase COVID supplies for families in need
  • Community of Care - $2,000 to purchase gas cards for volunteers taking patients to appointments
  • Casselton Public Library - $2,500 for new shelving in the library
  • Absaraka Parks - $4,000 toward the construction of a new basketball court for area youth


2019 Grants

  • Casselton Heritage Center, INC - $1,000 to sponsor music event
  • Casselton Park District - $3,000 for the Governor's Park Sprinkler System Renovation
  • Casselton Park District - $2,000 for city beautification/flowers
  • Casselton Public Library - $2,000 for custom bookcases
  • Central Cass Archer Club - $500 for general operating support
  • Central Cass Public School - $1,500 to support Project Sunshine
  • Central Cass Public School - $2,770.20 to purchase a 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 and additional storage



2018 Grants

  • Casselton Heritage Center, INC - $500 to fund an archival project
  • Casselton Park District - $3,500 for an expansion of Diamond II
  • Casselton Public Library - $1,000 for a 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 a 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 to fund JA programs at Casselton Schools
  • Rural Cass Community Theatre - $5,000 for Missoula Children's Winter Show and Big Summer Show
  • Rural Cass County Emergency Food Pantry - $1,000 for a food scale and outdoor sign

2017 Grants

  • Casselton American Legion and VFW Organization - $1,000 for  US Flags for area organizations
  • Casselton Veterans Club - $1,800 for Memorial Day Programming
  • Casselton VFW - $2,500 for a Monument addition
  • Central Cass Public Schools - $1,500 for a plaque maker and supplies for Destination Imagination
  • Casselton Heritage Center, INC - $1,000 to replace ornamental cap on historic church
  • Rural Cass County Emergency Food Pantry - $1,000 toward paper products for families in need
  • Central Cass PTA - $628 for a Parent Resource Directory
  • Central Cass Public Schools - $1,200 toward a CCFCSD: RealCare Reality Works Infant Simulator
  • Central Cass Public Schools - $1,000 to support school theatre productions
  • Cottonwood Golf Course - $1,000 for Clubhouse landscaping
  • Casselton Park District - $1,000 for flowers for downtown
  • Casselton Park District - $1,400 to purchase a diving board for local swimming pool
  • Community of Care - $500 for Volunteer gas cards
  • Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest - $500 for JA Program support for Casselton
  • Central Cass Public Schools - $1,000 for Generations Connecting program support
  • Central Cass Public Schools - $2,000 to purchase a Sousaphone for the PepBand
  • Central Cass Public Schools - $90 for "Paper Cut" visit/performance
  • Rural Cass Community Theater - $4,500 for Winter Show & Summer Children's Program

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

2016 Grants
Rural Cass Theatre - summer production $6,040
Central Cass Music Dept - Nutz about Jazz performance $500.00
Generations Connecting - project support $2,000
Junior Achievements - project support $1,000
Community of Care - volunteer gas cards $1,000
Casselton Park District - walking path project $3,000 ($1,000 for flowers)
Casselton Public Library - signage and furniture $2,500
Central Cass FFA - clothing / fees / events $2,000
Senior Citizen Prom - Posters / Food / Music / Photos - $1,000
CCHS Family / Consumer Science - Infant choking mannequin $400.00
CCHS / NDSU Extension 2nd Grade - Horticulture for Children $1,850
Central Cass PTA - Parent Resource Directory $771
Chaffee Recreation Group - Lego robotics for training, field trip, and programming $500

2015 Grants
City of Casselton - Electrical Outlets On Light Poles - $1,000
Community of Care - Project Support - $500
Central Cass Public Schools - Purchase 2 Cymbals - $375
Central Cass Public Schools - Nutz About Jazz Performance - $500
Casselton Regional Airport Authority - Repaint Aircraft - $1,000
Central Cass Public Schools - Attendance for 8th Grade Students to Wolf Ridge Leadership - $1,000
Casselton Park District - Purchase of community flowers and plants - $1,500
Casselton Public Library - Support of Summer Reading Program - $2,250
Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest - Project Support - $1,000
Casselton Heritage Center, Inc. - Shingles - $5,000
Rural Cass Community Theater - Summer production - $5,415
Central Cass PTA - Printing School Directories - $800
2014 Grants
Casselton Cemetery Board - Monument Restoration: $3,314
Casselton Heritage Center, Inc. - Shingling & Repair Of Roof: $4,000
Casselton Park District - Light Up The Downtown: $1,500
Casselton Park District - Picnic Tables in Casselton Parks: $1,000
Casselton Public Library - Technology & Computer Update: $1,000
Casselton Volunteer Ambulance - ITV Hookup: $2,000
Central Cass PTA - School Directories: $800
Central Cass Public Schools - Central Cass Destination Imagination Program: $2,000
Central Cass Public Schools - For Generations Connecting - Casselton Youth Task Force: $1,500
Central Cass Public Schools - Senior Citizen Prom: $750
Community of Care - Gas Cards For Volunteer Program Drivers: $500
Friends of Gill School - To Shingle Roof of School: $500
Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest - Project Support at Central Cass Elementary: $500
Rural Cass Community Theater - The Summer Production: $4,000

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.