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The Grant County Community Foundation was established by a group of residents interested in improving the quality of life for residents of Grant County, North Dakota.  It provides a method of receiving donations and distributing grants to benefit projects or nonprofit organizations in Grant County.  The fund is a component of the North Dakota Community Foundation, which is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation under IRS code 501(c)(3) and North Dakota Law.

The Grant County Community Foundation is benefiting from an initial gift from Grid United, an independent transmission company that builds new long-distance, interregional transmission lines to enhance grid reliability and resiliency.  Grid United's initial donation will be granted out in two grant rounds in 2023 to benefit projects and programs in the area.  Funding will continue into 2024 and 2025. 

BUILDING SUSTAINABILITY -- Qualified endowment

The local committee is also working to build a QUALIFIED endowment fund under the Grant County Community Foundation umbrella.  An endowment fund is a permanent fund that will be invested and will generate grantable dollars every year into perpetuity to support projects and programs in Grant County.  Gifts to the Grant County Community Foundation's endowment fund may qualify for 40% ND Tax Credit. (click on link for more information about the tax credit)

NDCF is the support system for the Grant County Community Foundation, with over 40 years providing comprehensive charitable services to ND. This includes donor gift planning and bequest planning for individuals, company leaders, families, and nonprofits, and fiduciary services such as accounting, audit, and money management. This allows local volunteer committees to focus on telling their story of their foundation impact through marketing, granting, and growing the fund. 


Committee Members:

  • Ryan Roth (Chair) Dakota Community Bank New Leipzig
  • Sara Meier: County Auditor Carson
  • Brianna Ricks: First International Elgin
  • Kathy Hoff: First International Elgin
  • Jennifer Hauge: Leith

Questions: Please email Ryan Roth at or the Community Foundation general inbox at


Grant County Community Foundation
PO Box 241
Carson, ND 58529-0241

For anonymous giving, gift planning, or unique asset gifts, please contact John Heinen- NDCF Western ND Regional Director at (701) 590-4614 or

Annual Reports


Recent grant awards from the Grant County Community Foundation are listed below:


Grants Awarded in Spring 2024 (includes grants from the Grid United Community Investment Program)

  • Country Community Cupboard Inc.:  $5,000 Purchase of food to stock the pantry 
  • Elgin Fire Protection District:  $17,000 SCBA's and Masks
  • Elgin New Leipzig Public School District:  $15,141 Swimming Pool Update
  • Kidz Clubhouse:  $16,859 Kidz Clubhouse improvement projects
  • New Leipzig Firemen's Auxiliary:  $1,000 Prairie Fire Truck Update

Grants Awarded in 2023 (includes grants from the Grid United Community Investment Program)

  • New Leipzig Firemen's Auxiliary:  $32,000 for a Cascade system and air packs
  • Elgin Fire Protection District:  $20,000 for Turnout Gear Replacement
  • Kidz Clubhouse:  $12,000 for Kidz Clubhouse improvement projects
  • Jacobson Memorial Hospital Care Center:  $20,000 for the purchase of powered ambulance cot
  • Greater Carson Rural Fire Protection District:  $20,000 for a new fire truck
  • 701 Monkey Business:  $8,000 for startup expenses
  • Roosevelt Public School: $16,000 for playground equipment

Apply Now! Fall Deadline: 10/13/24



Grants will be awarded in two different grant rounds in 2024:

  • Spring Round:  Application Deadline March 31st - $64,000 Available
  • Fall Round:  Application Deadline October 13th - $64,000 Available

GCCF grants are for the general needs of the region with as much equity around the county as possible. Grants will be awarded to any organizations designated by the IRS as 501(c)3 nonprofit tax-exempt groups, or government agencies. Contact if you need a fiscal sponsor.

The board places emphasis on helping applicants that have limited access to other funding.

Extensions may be granted and additional grant application deadlines may be added at the discretion of the Advisory Committee.

Approved grant requests may be funded in full or partially, at the discretion of the Advisory Committee.

Requests for projects or programs that serve a greater number of county residents will receive higher priority.

Grants can be made to any entity in GRANT COUNTY.


To projects substantially supported by government or which can and should be paid with tax revenue.

Grants to national organizations.

Requests for operating funds or day-to-day expenses.

Grants to religious organizations shall be limited to those activities which are non-sectarian and serve the entire community. ie. food pantry


Requests for grants or scholarships for individuals will NOT be considered.

Multi-year "pledges"

Grants submitted by organizations who seek to influence legislation, carry on propaganda, participate in political campaigns, or which threaten to cause significant controversy or divisiveness.

Grant Ideas: New Playgrounds, Planting Trees in parks, School Tech needs,  Food pantry program, Shelter needs, County projects to improve quality of life, special need in Nursing home or Hospital. Ambulance & Fire needs.

QUESTIONS: Click here  email

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 Grant Portal. You will need your organization’s name, EIN, and executive officer's name. Be sure to write down your username (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.



Leave 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 Grant County Community Foundation (GCCF) continue to support important projects and programs in our area forever.

Gifts to GCCF 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 GCCF. 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 Grant County 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 John Heinen.  He has many years of experience helping donors create their charitable vision and better prepare for their discussions with financial planners. John's cell is 701-590-4614 or you can email him 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 Grant County 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 Grant County 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