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About the Kindred Area Community Foundation

Established in 2005 by a group of residents concerned about the lack of funding for local organizations, the Kindred Area Community Foundation provides a method of receiving funds/donations to benefit projects or non-profit organizations in the geographic area of the Kindred School District, which includes the communities of Davenport, Hickson, Kindred, Leonard, Oxbow and Walcott. The Kindred Area Community Foundation is administered by the North Dakota Community Foundation, a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation under IRS code 501(c)3 and North Dakota state law, in accordance with their investing and grant making policies.

An Advisory Committee of citizens representing the respective communities in the school district shall be responsible for local fundraising and issuing of grants. Every effort shall be made to maintain a healthy cross-section of persons representing the residents across the district. New members shall be elected by the existing board.

The mission statement of the Kindred Area Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life for residents in the Kindred School District through charitable giving and promoting philanthropy.


Local Advisory Committee

Deb Clark
Lisa Anderson
Matt Palluck
MaryJane Nipstad
Kim Nesemeier
Sheri Bartels



Kindred Area Community Foundation
PO Box 42
Kindred, ND 58051  or

Email  MaryJane

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

Leonard First Responders received a $1,500 grant in 2018 to replace 2 AED devices in the community.

The Kindred Area Community Foundation has awarded almost $68,000 in 77 grants since its inception in 2005. Recent grant awards are listed below.

Grants Awarded in 2021

  • Davenport Park Board - $1,730 Shelter Picnic Tables
  • Friends of Kindred Public Library - $800 Wi-Fi Replacement
  • Kindred Area Ambulance Service - $800 Uniforms
  • Kindred Area Arts Partnership - $500 Artist in Residence
  • Leonard Fire Protection District - $1,000 Turnout Gear
  • Kindred PTO - $1,000 STEM Equipment

Grants Awarded in 2020

  • BIO Girls, Inc. - $770 to support programming 
  • Kindred Area Ambulance Service - $1,390 to purchase Panasonic Toughbook Computers
  • Kindred Park Board - $950 for an outdoor Community Cinema
  • Leonard First Responders - $1,215 to purchase needed medical supplies
  • Friends of Kindred Public Library - $800 for replacement of the library fireplace
  • Kindred Area Arts Partnership - $500 to support the "Artist in Residence" program

Grants Awarded in 2019

  • BIO Girls, Inc. to support a local chapter in Kindred for Pre-Teen girls - $1,500
  • Kindred Area Arts Partnership for the Native American Artist Series: Kindred Public Schools Artist in Residence - $1,000
  • Kindred High School Booster Club toward a new regional track - $900
  • Kindred Park Board to plant new trees at Progressive Ag Softball Fields - $1,000
  • Kindred Youth Baseball to support Kindred Baseball and ADA renovation project - $900

How to Apply for a Grant from the Kindred Area Community Foundation


  • Grants shall be awarded to organizations and/or projects within the boundaries of the Kindred School District. An organization must be based within those boundaries to qualify for funding.
  • Low priority will be given to applications requesting funding for day-to-day operations.
  • Grants to religious organizations shall be limited to those activities which are non-denominational and serve the entire community.
  • The Kindred Area Community Foundation shall not make grants to individuals.
  • Organizations shall be limited to one request per calendar year.
  • The Kindred Area Community Foundation will accept grant applications once each year. Applications are due by November 1 to be eligible for that grant cycle. Applicants will be notified as soon as practical as to the committee's decisions.

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
  • The number of residents served and the overall impact on the community
  • Degree to which the Kindred Area Community Foundation grant will affect the success of the project

Application Deadline: November 1

New for 2019 and Beyond:

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)