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Cooperstown Community Foundation

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About the Cooperstown Community Foundation

Established in 2007 by a group of residents concerned about the lack of funding for local organizations, the Cooperstown Community Foundation provides a method of receiving funds/donations to benefit projects or non-profit organizations in the Cooperstown area. The Foundation is affiliated with the North Dakota Community Foundation, which is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation under IRS code 501(C)3 and North Dakota State law.

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

Local Advisory Committee

Larry Grandalen
Kent Dick
Tina Hilbert
Jodi Somerville
Julie Lunde
Scott Loge
Pam Ressler


Larry Grandalen
PO Box 464
Cooperstown, ND 58425


Email Larry

or contact Amy Stromsodt (701-795-1531), Development Director of the NDCF.

The Cooper Theatre has been the recipient of grants from the Cooperstown Community Foundation in the past, as well as a grant from the North Dakota Community Foundation's Statewide Greatest Needs Fund.

Grants Awarded in 2019

  • Cooperstown Park Board - $1,500 to support the Cooperstown Pool
  • Cooper Theatre Inc. - $1,000 to update carpet in the theatre
  • Cornerstone Community Church - $1,000 to support the AWANA project after school program
  • Griggs County Council on the Aging - $1,700 for upkeep and expenses of the Golden Age Club
  • Griggs County Council on the Arts - $1,700 toward purchase of a new piano
  • Griggs County Historical Society - $1,700 for air conditioning in the Main Auditorium and Museum
  • Hospice of the Red River Valley - $1,000 to support bereavement services in the Cooperstown area
  • Trinity Lutheran Church - $1,000 to support a non-denominational vacation Bible School
  • Zion Lutheran Church - $1,000 to support a non-denominational vacation Bible School

Grants Awarded in 2018

  • Cooperstown Community Activities Authority - $750 for improvements to the Wee Care Facility
  • Cooperstown Golden Age Club - $1,000 for general operating support
  • Cooperstown Medical Center - $750 to support nursing home resident outings
  • Cooperstown Park Board - $1,370 for the Youth Baseball Program and swimming pool repairs
  • Cooper Theatre Inc - $1,000 to purchase appliances for visual and hearing impaired
  • Cornerstone Community Church - $750 to support the AWANA After School Program
  • Cub Scout Pack #575 - $1,250 for repairs to Area Cub Scout Clubhouse
  • Griggs County Central Archery - $750 to purchase new targets and arrows
  • Griggs County Fair Board - $1,000 to rent inflatable entertainment for youth attendees
  • Missouri Slope Areawide United Way - $500 to support meals for Griggs County underprivileged children
  • Town & Country Garden Club - $500 for Main Street Mini-Park Maintenance
  • Trinity Lutheran Church - $750 for free areawide non-denominational Bible School
  • Zion Lutheran Church - $750 for free areawide non-denominational Bible School

Grants Awarded in 2017

  • Cooperstown Medical Center - Griggs County Care Center PA System:  $1,000
  • Trinity Lutheran Church - Vacation Bible School:  $1,000
  • Cooper Theatre Inc. - Projector Updates:  $1,000
  • Cooperstown Community Activities - WeeCare Improvements:  $1,500
  • Cornerstone Community Church - Awana After School Program:  $1,000
  • Cooperstown Country Club - Bathroom Remodel:  $4,000
  • Zion Lutheran Church - Vacation Bible School:  $1,000

Grants Awarded in 2016

  • Cooperstown Community Activities Authority - Infant Room Renovations:  $2,500
  • Zion Lutheran Church - Vacation Bible School:  $1,000
  • Town & Country Garden Club - Garden needs at Cooperstown Medical Center:  $1,000
  • Cornerstone Community Church - Awana Club After School Program:  $800
  • Cooper Theatre Inc. - General Operating Expenditures:  $500
  • Griggs County Historical Society - Veteran Interviewing Project:  $1,500
  • Trinity Lutheran Church - Vacation Bible School:  $1,000
  • Griggs County 4-H Council -  Fair Barn Window Project:  $450
  • Griggs County Fair Board - Inflatable Games for Achievement Days:  $1,000
  • Griggs County Public Library - Library Shelf Units:  $1,000

Grants Awarded in 2015

  • Trinity Lutheran Church - Vacation Bible School:  $800
  • Cooper Theatre Inc. - General Operating Support:  $500
  • Griggs County Public Library - Move Computers Within Library:  $1,150
  • Cornerstone Community Church - Awana After School Program:  $800
  • Griggs County Fair Board - Fair Barn Window Replacement:  $750
  • Cooperstown Country Club - Furnace/Air Conditioner Repair:  $1,000
  • Zion Lutheran Church - Vacation Bible School:  $800
  • Cooperstown Community Activities Authority - Cardio Equipment - $1,000
  • Cooperstown Cemetery Association - Create New Road on North Side of Cemetery:  $1,000
  • Cooperstown Park Board - City Park Playground Equipment:  $1,000
  • Cooperstown Fire Department - Incident Response Vehicle:  $1,000
  • Town & Country Garden Club - Refinish Gazebo in Mini Park:  $800

Grants Awarded in 2014

  • Cooperstown Cemetery Association - Upkeep Of The Historic Cemetery:  $1,000
  • Cooperstown Community Activities Authority - Building Repairs:  $2,550
  • Cooperstown Golden Age Club - Building Repairs:  $1,000
  • Cooperstown Park Board - Swimming Pool Updates:  $1,000
  • Cornerstone Community Church - Awana Program:  $500
  • Griggs County Public Library - Project Support:  $2,550
  • Town & Country Garden Club - Park Maintenance:  $1,000
  • Trinity Lutheran Church - Operating Support:  $1,000

Apply for a Grant from the Cooperstown Community Foundation


  • Grants shall be awarded only to those organizations designated by the IRS Code as 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt groups or government agencies.
  • Grants shall be awarded to organizations that serve the community of Cooperstown.
  • Grants to religious organizations will be limited to those activities which are non-denominational and serve the entire community.
  • Higher priority will be given to those projects that attract other resources.

In funding decisions, the board will consider the following:

  • Organizational management and integrity
  • Level of local involvement and support
  • The number of people to be served
  • The impact of the grant on the success of the project

Deadline: April 30

How to Apply:

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 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)

Other Funds Managed by NDCF in the Cooperstown Area

Dick & Dean Bultema Memorial Scholarship:  The fund was established in 1987 by Myrna Bultema of Wimbledon in memory of her son who was killed while sleeping in a rest area and her husband who passed away a year later.  The scholarship will assist graduating seniors from Barnes County schools intending to enter some agricultural related field. 

Friends of Oscar 0 Endowment Fund:  Established in 2008 to provide upkeep and maintenance of the Oscar 0 Missile Site located near Cooperstown, ND and assist the Griggs County Historical Society to preserve and maintain an interpretive center for Oscar 0 at the Griggs County Museum.