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About the Larimore Community Endowment Fund

The Larimore Community Endowment Fund was established in 1981 by a group of residents concerned about the lack of funding for local organizations. It provides a method of receiving donations and distributing grants to benefit projects or nonprofit organizations in Larimore, North Dakota. The Foundation is affiliated with the North Dakota Community Foundation, which is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation under IRS code 501(c)(3) and North Dakota Law.

The Larimore Community Endowment Fund is managed locally by a group of volunteers whose main activities are building the fund and recommending grants annually. 

The Larimore Community Endowment Fund made several substantial grants to help pay for the new community pool.

Local Advisory Committee

Stephanie Hougen, Chair
Lisa Bakke
Dean Elfman
Raenelle Sorensen
Melinda Landman
Kal Triplett
Diann Rudolf
Julie Pearce


Stephanie Hougen
c/o Bremer Bank
PO Box 599
Larimore, ND 58251


Email Stephanie

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

Annual Reports



                                                         Lein Field - Football Locker Room Improvements

Since the Larimore Community Endowment Fund’s inception in 1981, the Vernon & Lila Halvorson Endowment Fund in 1999 & the Charles D. McCanna Fund in 2010, over $358,000 in 187 grants have been awarded. Recent grant awards are listed below:

Grants Awarded in 2023

  • Bellevue Cemetery Association: $5,000 for beautification, maintenance and upkeep
  • Edna Ralston Public Library: $5,000 Summer Reading and general operating expenses
  • Larimore Fire Protection District: $1,090 replacement of water holding tanks
  • Larimore Football: $5,000 Equipment Upgrades
  • Larimore High School After-Prom Party: $1,000 
  • Larimore Museum: $5,000 Community Grounds improvement and Gazebo
  • Larimore Senior Citizens Club: $1,000 installing ceiling fans in main area
  • Radiant Little Lambs Daycare: $3,000 storage shed plumbing update

Grants Awarded in 2022

  • Larimore Park Board:  $6,336 for the Recreation Facility Repair Project
  • Radiant Little Lambs Daycare Center:  $5,000 for health and safety updates
  • Larimore Fire Protection District:  $2,750 for truck repairs
  • Bellevue Cemetery Association:  $2,500 for beautification, maintenance, and upkeep
  • Larimore Public Schools:  $2,500 for school devices
  • United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Area:  $2,500 for renovation to the Larimore Food Pantry
  • Edna Ralston Library:  $2,000 for Summer Reading, shelving and lighting, and general operating expenses
  • Sox for Kids - $1,000 to support their Sox for Kids 2022
  • Larimore Senior Citizens Club:  $750 for a heater for the pool room
  • Larimore High School After Prom Party:  $500 for the LHS Junior Class After Prom Party

Grants Awarded in 2021

  • Bellevue Cemetery Association - $2,500 Beautification, Maintenance & Upkeep
  • Edna Ralston Public Library - $2,000 Storage & General Operating
  • Larimore Football - $1,000 Lein Field Locker Room Part 2
  • Larimore Senior Citizens Club - $1,500 South Side Building Siding
  • Sox For Kids - $1,410.19 Program Costs
  • Larimore Fire Protection District - $5,500 Air Pack Project
  • Larimore Museum - $5,000 Raising The Roof
  • Radiant Little Lambs Daycare Center - $4,000 Kitchen Update & Covid-19 Relief

Grants Awarded in 2020

  • Larimore Fire District - $5,500 to purchase one new air pack
  • Bellevue Cemetery - $2,000 to help with maintenance and mowing of the cemetery
  • Radiant Little Lambs Daycare - $3,411.69 to purchase/replace gutters, downspouts and awning to protect the building from the elements
    • $2,000 for COVID-19 relief to help keep the daycare operating (April 2020)
  • Larimore Public School - $2,000 to help defray the cost of meals during Distance Learning
  • Edna Ralston Library - $2,000 for roof repairs & continuing children's reading program
  • Sox for Kids - $2,000 to support the Children's Christmas program for 2020
  • Larimore High School - $1,500 to help outfit permanent locker rooms built at Lein Field
  • Larimore Senior Citizens - $1,500 to update lighting throughout the Senior Center
  • Hospice of the Red River Valley - $1,500 to support Bereavement services offered to Larimore residents

Grants Awarded in 2019

  • Edna Ralston Public Library - $5,000 to continue the Digital Catalog Project for the Library
  • Hospice of the Red River Valley - $1,500 to support bereavement services in the Larimore area
  • Larimore High School After-Prom Party - $1,000 To provide a safe environment for After Prom
  • Radiant Little Lambs Daycare Center - $5,000 for Electrical updates and operating support

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

Grant Guidelines:
1.  Makes grants only to those organizations designated as a non-profit, tax exempt organization under IRS Code 501(c)3 or to government agencies.
2.  Makes grants to qualifying organizations in the city of Larimore

Deadline: October 30

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)

Other Funds Managed by NDCF in the Larimore area


Larimore Area Scholarship Funds

Paul Daniel Hougen Memorial Athletic Scholarship:  Established in 2020 by Paul's wife Stephanie Hougen, this scholarship is to recognize a young woman who embodies a love of sports, and participates with enthusiasm and sportsmanship.

Dawn Marie Stoik Memorial Athletic Scholarship:  The fund was established in 1996 by LaVonne Stoik and Gregory Stoik in loving memory of their daughter Dawn Marie Stoik who lost her life in a motorcycle accident on Memorial Day of 1995 just days after graduating from high school.

EllaRae Kelly Memorial Scholarship Fund:  The fund was established in 2007 by Michael Kelly in loving memory of his wife, Ellarae, who lost her life to a rare form of liver cancer at the age of 51.

Lloyd A. Engh/North Star Masonic Scholarship Fund The Fund was established in 1991 by the North Star Masonic Lodge of Larimore, ND in memory of long-time member Lloyd A. Engh.

Grace Taylor Stone Scholarship Fund  Established in 2004 to annually provide scholarships for Larimore High School graduates.

Larimore Public Schools Scholarship Fund:  Established in 2004 to annually provide scholarships for Larimore High School graduates.


Other Funds from Larimore

Vernon & Lila Halverson Endowment Fund:  Established in 1999 by Dale Halvorson in loving memory of his parents, Vernon and Lila Halvorson, as part of the Larimore Community Endowment Fund.

Charles D. McCanna Endowment Fund:  Established in 2010 through the estate of Margery McCanna Jennison as part of the Larimore Community Endowment Fund.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Shide Fund:  Established in 1979 by Mr. and Mrs. Donald Shide to support the work of the North Dakota Community Foundation

Bellevue Cemetery Association Endowment Fund:  Established in 2016 by Ralph McCanna to support the maintenance and care of Bellevue Cemetery

Plan 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 Larimore Community Endowment Fund (LCEF) continue to support important projects and programs in our area forever.

Gifts to the LCEF 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 the LCEF. 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 Larimore Community Endowment Fund committee member to learn more about the charities and needs in our area.

3.  Consider discussing (confidentially) your vision with our NDCF gift planner Amy Stromsodt.  She has many years of experience helping donors create their charitable vision and better prepare for their discussions with financial planners. Amy's cell is 701-741-3193 or you can email her 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 Larimore Community Endowment Fund 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 Larimore Community Endowment Fund, 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