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About the Drayton Area Community Foundation

Established in 2005 by the Consumer Math Class at Drayton High School and residents concerned about the lack of funding for local organizations, the Drayton Area Community Foundation provides a method of receiving funds/donations to benefit projects or non-profit organizations in the Drayton Area. The Foundation is affiliated with the North Dakota Community Foundation, a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation under IRS code 501(c)3 and North Dakota state law.

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



Rob Boll
Leroy Aufenkamp
Sally Kliniske
Chip Olson
Mike Babinski
Jessie Woinarowicz
Dawn van der Lith
Marlys Boll

Community Advisor, Ron Boll

The Drayton Area Community Foundation has awarded almost $42,000 in 49 grants since its inception in 2005. Recent grant awards are listed below.

Grants Awarded in 2021

  • BIO Girls - $821 Drayton Program Costs 2022
  • Drayton Christian Youth Ministries - $821 Bible Camp Registration Assistance
  • Drayton High School Trap Team - $275 Potential Team Member Shotgun
  • Drayton Sugar Bowl Senior Citizens - $821 Floor Covering Big Meeting Room
  • Ox Cart Trails Historical Society - $821 Blessing Museum Pain Project
  • Pembina County Meals & Transportation - $800 Reduced Medical Rides Drayton Residents

Grants Awarded in 2020

  • Drayton Park Board - $990 Baseball Diamond Improvements
  • Drayton Sugar Bowl Senior Citizens - $990 Replacement of Windows
  • Ox Cart Trails Historical Society, Inc - $990 H G Johnson Memorial Hall Renovation Project
  • Pembina County Meals & Transportation - $990 Rides for Residents to Medical Appointments

Grants Awarded in 2019

  • Drayton Park Board - $500 Dylan Arena Concrete Project
  • Drayton Public School - $1,000 Pembina County Backpack Program
  • Ox Cart Trails Historical Society, Inc. - $1,000 HG Johnson Memorial Hall Basement Renovations
  • Pembina County Meals & Transportation - $1,000 Local Match for 2 Transit Vehicles

Apply for a Grant from the Drayton Area Community Foundation


  • The Drayton Area Community Foundation makes grants only to those organizations designated as a non-profit, tax exempt group by IRS code 501(c)3 or government agencies, such as schools, park districts, etc.
  • Grants shall be awarded to organizations and/or projects within a 10 mile radius of the City of Drayton. An organization must be based within those boundaries to qualify for funding.
  • The Drayton Area Community Foundation places a low priority on funding day-to-day operations.
  • Grants to religious organizations shall be limited to those activities which are non-denominational and serve the entire community.
  • The Drayton Area Community Foundation shall not make grants to individuals.
  • Organizations shall be limited to one request per calendar year.
  • The Drayton Area Community Foundation generally will not make multi-year commitments.

The Drayton Area Community Foundation will accept grant applications once a year. 

In funding decisions, the Advisory Board will consider:

  • Each project on the merits of the project.
  • Organizational management and integrity.
  • Level of local involvement and community support, to include fundraising and in-kind gifts.
  • The number of residents served and the overall impact on the community.
  • Degree to which the Drayton Area Community Foundation grant will affect the success of the project.

Deadline: September 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.

Other Funds Managed by NDCF from the Drayton Area

Alice Olson Byron Memorial Music Scholarship:  The fund was established in 2010 with a gift from the family of Alice Olson Byron and the Alice Olson Memorial Fund, to assist students who have graduated from a Pembina County, ND high school to continue their post-secondary education.  Preference will be given to students who are pursuing a music major, but anyone actively involved in music may qualify as well.

Fern Christenson Endowment Fund:  Established in 1997 by the estate of Fern Christenson who lived on a farmstead near Bowesmont, ND all his life until fragile health caused him to move to a care center. The fund will support NDCF's unrestricted grant program.