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Fairmount Community Endowment Fund

About the Fairmount Community Endowment Fund

Established in 2011 with a gift from the family of Claire and Evelyn Hermes, the Fairmount Community Endowment Fund provides a method of receiving funds/donations to benefit projects and non-profit organizations in the Fairmount area. The Fairmount Community Endowment Fund 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. Gifts to the Fairmount Community Endowment Fund are tax deductible to the full extent of federal and state law.

Mission Statement: To improve the quality of life in Fairmount through charitable giving and promoting philanthropy.

The Fairmount 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

Jon Nelk, Chair
Carmen Swanson
Tina Stiles
Yolanda Luick
Bev Steffens


Jon Nelk
PO Box 132
Fairmount, ND 58030

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The Fairmount Community Endowment Fund has awarded over $30,000 in 27 grants since its inception in 2011. Recent grant awards are listed below.

Grants Awarded in 2021

  • Fairmount Public School - $2,000 Claire & Evelyn Hermes Scholarship Fund

Grants Awarded in 2020

  • Fairmount Community Center - $1,944 New Sign
  • Fairmount Park Board - $1,600 Purchase New Mower

Grants Awarded in 2019

  • Fairmount Public School - $2,000 Claire & Evelyn Hermes Merit Scholarship
  • Fairmount Public School - $1,355 Toward New Press Box & Scoreboard at Football Field

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

Granting Guidelines

  • Grants shall be awarded to organizations that serve the community of Fairmount.
  • Grants will generally not exceed $1,000 per application. Organizations may qualify for one grant per year.
  • Annually, a minimum 25% of the grantable balance (not to exceed $2,000) shall be awarded to the Fairmount Public School for the Claire and Evelyn Hermes Scholarship.
  • Grants will not be given for day-to-day operations.
  • Grants to religious organizations will be limited to those activities which are non-denominational and serve the entire community.
  • To be considered for a grant, organizations must submit a completed application which contains all information requested on the application form.
  • Grants will be awarded in the Spring of each year.

Deadline: June 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 Fairmount Area

Claire & Evelyn Hermes Merit Scholarship: Established in 2011 by the children of Claire and Evelyn Hermes, the Claire and Evelyn Hermes Merit Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to graduating seniors, college freshman, college sophomores and/or college juniors from Fairmount, ND Public High School to continue their post-secondary education.