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

Community Advisor, Ron Boll


Rob Boll
c/o Koda Bank
PO Box 369
Drayton, ND 58225

Email Rob

or contact , Amy Warnke-Stromsodt, NDCF Development Director @ 701-795-1531.


Annual Reports




The Drayton Area Community Foundation has awarded over $47,000 in 53 grants since its inception in 2005. Recent grant awards are listed below.

Grants Awarded in 2023

  • Big Hearts Daycare - $1,420 for outdoor storage
  • BIO Girls - $500 Drayton Program Costs 2024
  • Drayton Sugar Bowl Senior Citizens - $1,000 construct ducting for furnace in crawlspace 
  • Ox Cart Trails Historical Society - $1,500 Garage for Fireman's Hand Hose Reel
  • Pembina County Meals & Transportation - $800 Reduced Medical Rides for Drayton Residents

Grants Awarded in 2022

  • Drayton Park Board - $2,000 for a pool liner for the Drayton Pool
  • Ox Cart Trails Historical Society - $1,500 for Oxcart Restoration
  • Pembina County Meals & Transportation - $800 Reduced Medical Rides for Drayton Residents
  • BIO Girls - $750 Drayton Program Costs 2023

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.

Plan Your Legacy

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

Gifts to the DACF 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 the DACF. 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 Drayton Area 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 Amy Stromsodt.  She has many years of experience helping donors create their charitable vision and better prepare for their discussions with financial planners. Amy's cell is 701-741-3193 or you can email her 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 Drayton Area 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 Drayton Area 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