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About the Finley Community Endowment Fund

Established in 2002 to support charitable programs in the Finley, ND area, the Finley Community Endowment Fund is a permanent endowment fund that will support our area for years to come.  Earnings from the fund are given as grants to support nonprofit projects or programs that work to improve our communities and quality of life. 

The North Dakota Community Foundation, a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation under IRS code 501(c)(3) and North Dakota law, provides professional management for the fund.  Gifts to the fund are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of state and federal law.

The Finley Community Endowment Fund is led by a group of local volunteers that make grant decisions and fundraise to grow the fund.

Local Advisory Committee

Brian Tuite
Harold Fetting
Chad Aberle
Karla Neset
Danielle Bremer
Marita Rau


Brian Tuite
PO Box 255
Finley, ND 58230


or contact Amy Stromsodt, NDCF Development Director at 701-795-1531

The Finley Community Endowment Fund has awarded almost $112,000 in 72 grants since its inception in 2002. Recent grant awards are listed below.

Grants Awarded in 2021

  • Finley Days Committee - $4,212.80 Finley's 125th Celebration
  • Finley Park Board - $3,000 Park Reclamation Project
  • Finley-Sharon Public School - $3,000 Greenhouse

Grants Awarded in 2020

  • Finley Fire District 203 - $2,000 Finley Fire District Sign
  • Finley Park Board - $3,012.86 Purchase Swimming Pool Heaters
  • Finley-Sharon Public School - $1,500 School Greenhouse Project
  • Finley-Sharon Public School - $1,500 Support After School Program
  • Sharon Fire Department - $2,000 Sharon 125th Celebration & All School Reunion

Grants Awarded in 2019

  • City of Finley - $2,000 Toward Purchase of New Mower
  • City of Finley/Finley Days Committee - $2,200 to Repair Wind Damage to Large Tent
  • Finley Public Library - $1,000 New Books
  • Finley Wildlife Club - $2,200 Defray Expenses of Finley Wildlife Club Bi-Annual Auction
  • Steele County Soil Conservation District - $1,000 Support Women in Ag Night
  • Steele County Vintage Farming Club - $1,000 Support 5th Annual Finley-Sharon Plowing Bee

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

Grant Guidelines:

  • Area Foundation makes grants only to those organizations designated by the IRS Code 501(c)3 non-profit, tax exempt groups or public tax exempt organizations.
  • Application needs to be filled out describing the organization, the project, the approximate project cost and the amount requested from the Foundation.
  • We do not fund entire projects.
  • In considering a request, the board will consider:
  • Organization’s management and integrity
  • Level of local involvement and support
  • The number of people to be served and the impact of the project on the community
  • The impact of the grant from the Foundation on the success of the project
  • The extent to which the project reflects a new approach to a problem
  • No grants for daily operational requests
  • Prioritizing requests:
  • Board will look at each project on its merits
  • Low priority will be given to projects supported by government or could be funded by taxes
  • No grants to individuals
  • Grants will not be concentrated in a single community except the city of Finley. The city of Finley will receive higher consideration because of the population

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.