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Jamestown Community Foundation - Endowment Fund

The Jamestown Community Foundation Endowment Fund was created in 2004 by the Jamestown Community Foundation and provides grants for local nonprofit and community projects. The endowment fund is a permanent 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 Jamestown Community Foundation was founded in 1984 to provide a convenient and efficient tax-exempt local organization for donors to fund worthy causes in Jamestown. 

Jamestown Community Foundation Board of Directors

Barbara Lang, President
Curt Liechty, Vice President
Paulette Ritter, Secretary
Kim Lunde, Treasurer
Emily Bivens
Darin Finck
Ronn Fuchs
Kirk Heim
Shirley Jackson
Joan Morris
Matthew Pepple
Jason Rohr
Dave Smette
Casey Stoudt
Mary Lou Urquhart

Tim Burchill
Joe Larson
JoDee Hanson
Toni Wegenast


Jamestown Community Foundation
PO BOX 2004
Jamestown, ND 58402

Kara Geiger
Development Director, NDCF

Grants Awarded in 2022

  • James Valley Pheasants Forever - $5,000 for Native Plants in Hanson Arts Park
  • Ave Maria Village - $2,500 for Portable Oxygen Concentrators
  • Essentia Health Foundation - $1,995 for Essentia Health Jamestown Digital Otoscope Project
  • Jamestown Area Grief Support Team - $1,000 for Grief Support Group

Grants Awarded in 2021

  • Marketplace of Ideas $1,000 Virtual Conversion of Marketplace for Kids Programming
  • Anne Carlsen Center $10,585 Pathway For The Future

Grants Awarded in 2020

  • South Central Homeless Coalition - $2,000 Laundry Love
  • Jamestown Gymnastics Club - $4,530 Raise The Roof
  • Jamestown Park & Recreation Foundation - $5,000 Meidinger Splash Park

Grants Awarded in 2019

  • BIO Girls - $1,500 Program Support
  • Anne Carlsen Center - $1,100 River's Ben & Horsehoe Park Med Cart Computers
  • Marketplace of Ideas - $2,500 Marketplace for Kids "Igniting the Spirit of Innovation"
  • Jamestown Fine Arts Association - $1,000 Downtown Arts Market
  • Jamestown Park & Recreation Foundation - $2,000 Community Bike Fleet
  • Eventide Living Center - $1,100 Resident Patio Project
  • Gussner PTO - $2,000 The School Snack Fund


Apply for a Grant from the Jamestown Community Foundation

Grant Guidelines

  • Grants may be directed to programs and services that benefit a broad segment of our community. Emphasis is placed on applicants who have limited access to other sources of funding.
  • Organizations or groups seeking funds must be able to demonstrate effective leadership, sound fiscal management and clear goals.
  • Organizations or groups should have at least one full year of operating experience, sufficient resources to accomplish stated objectives, and the capacity to make a significant, favorable impact on the community.
  • Grants are limited to one per year per organization or group; multiple grants to the same organization over several years are also limited. The Jamestown Community Foundation does not make continuously recurring grant commitments. Grants do not normally exceed $5,000.

Grants will generally not be considered if they are:

  • Outside the purpose and scope of the Jamestown Community Foundation or activities which jeopardize the Foundation’s tax exempt status;
  • For general operating support;
  • To reimburse costs for a past project or to assist with an event that has already taken place;
  • To individuals or groups seeking support for research, planning, personal needs, or travel;
  • To religious organizations for support of denominational causes;
  • To public service, political campaigns, or political lobbying activities;
  • To fraternal, veterans, state or national professional or trade associations;
  • For athletic scholarships or advertising sponsorships;
  • For publications, audio-visual productions or special broadcasts;
  • To other Foundations, Endowments or endowment campaigns, or for capital debt reduction.

Application Procedure:

To be considered, the grant application must be completed online at and include the following supporting material:

  • A description of the organization or group
  • A description of the project including cost, goals and objectives and time frame.
  • Explanation of the possibility of the grant leveraging additional support from other sources.
  • The level of local involvement and support.
  • The number of people served and the impact of the project on the community.
  • The degree to which the project duplicates or complements the work of other community organizations.
  • The impact of the requested grant on the success of the project.

For grants requests of $2,500 or more, the supporting material must also include:

  • The project budget and other sources of financial support.
  • A copy of the most recent financial statement (preferably audited) and the most recently filed Form 990, if applicable.
  • A list of management, staff, and the board of directors.
  • A personal interview with a Jamestown Community Foundation board member and /or presentation to the JCF Board, if requested.

If you have questions or need additional information, including a grant application, you may contact the North Dakota Community Foundation (701-222-8349) or visit our website

Deadline: The committee reviews applications twice a year. Applications received by January 1 will be reviewed in February. Those received by September 1 will be reviewed in October.

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 Grant 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.