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About the McKenzie County Community Foundation

The McKenzie County Community Foundation was established 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 McKenzie County. 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 McKenzie County Community Foundation is managed locally by a group of volunteers whose main activities are building the fund and recommending grants annually. 

FUNDING: (click her to make a gift(s)). Committee work is supported by the fund(s) listed to which donors can give and help us in our mission to serve the community. 

ENDOWMENT: Is the primary fund, and Qualifies for 40% ND Tax Credit. (click on link for requirements) Roughly 4% of funds are put to work in the community used annually as "grants". 

Non-Endowment PROJECT Fund: Provides immediate granting, and funds for marketing launching events. Qualifies as a charitable gift if no benefit is given in return, but NOT for 40% ND income tax credit.

NDCF is the support system for MCCF with over 40 years providing comprehensive charitable services to ND. This includes donor gift planning and bequest planning for individuals, company leaders, families, and non-profits, 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. 

Local Advisory Committee

Marcia Hellandsaas (Chair)

Daniel Stenberg, Desiree Sorenson, Jan Dodge, Ty Skarda, Doug Rolfson

McKenzie County Community Foundation (MCCF)

C/O NDSU Ext 201 5th St NW Suite 525 Watford, ND 58854 Phone (701) 444-3451

NDCF: For anonymous giving, gift planning, or unique asset gifts. contact John Heinen NDCF Western ND Support or call (701) 590-4614

Please download and email or send to your family and friends as a way to show them what the foundation is going in the community. Thank you!

Marketing Brochure







Grant Summary Report 2019

Livable Community Donation Form

QUESTIONS click here

The McKenzie County Community Foundation has awarded almost $48,000 in 41 grants since its inception in 2010. Recent grant awards are listed below.

Grants Awarded in 2021

  • Dakota Children's Advocacy Center - $2,000 McKenzie County Child Abuse Satellite Clinic
  • Long X Arts Foundation - $2,000 Art On Main
  • McKenzie County Heritage Association - $500 Tater Tots
  • McKenzie County Imagination Library - $500 Library Fundraising
  • Running Free - $2,000 Awareness Runs, Santa Run & Suicide Awareness Run
  • T4 - $500 Tools Trades Torque Tech (Tomorrow's Innovative Workforce in Our Schools Today)
  • WCHS Music Boosters - $1,000 Spring Band Trip Disneyworld Orlando FL
  • Vision West ND - $1,200 Hispanic Inclusion in Watford City & McKenzie County

Grants Awarded in 2020

  • Badlands Gymnastics Club - $400 Nodak Northern Lights Gymnastics Meet
  • Bakken Oil Rush Ministry - $2,000 Winter Outer Wear Apparel Watford City Children
  • BIO Girls - $1,500 Operating Support
  • Long X Arts Foundation - $2,000 Missoula Children's Theater
  • McKenzie County Heritage Assoc. - $500 Children's Corner/Tater Tot's
  • Rough Rider Center - $2,000 Lifeguard Training Equipment

Grants Awarded in 2019

  • Badlands Search & Rescue - $500 BSAR Gear & Training Application 1
  • Bakken Oil Rush Ministry - $700 7th Annual Christmas Event & Toy Mall
  • BIO Girls - $1,000 Operating Support
  • Bismarck Public Schools - $500 T-4 Tools Trades Torque Tech Growing "New Industry" Opportunities
  • Watford City Mobile Pack - $500 Feed My Starving Children
  • Grassy Butte Quick Response Unit - $800 CPR Instructor Supplies
  • Long X Arts Foundation - $2,000 Senior Art Outreach
  • McKenzie County Heritage Assoc. - $390 Tater Tot's
  • McKenzie County Imagination Library - $600 Imagination Library Letter Campaign


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 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.

Step 4 -- Bookmark the address so when returning you can easily access. Or access with button above. 

Click here for more detailed instructions and tips for using our online grant system.


  • Grants shall be awarded only to those organizations designated by the IRS as 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax exempt groups, or government agencies. Groups without such designation seeking to apply may enlist a fiscal sponsor. Please contact John Heinen at NDCF for more infomration (701) 590-4614 or
  • Grants shall be awarded to organizations that serve McKenzie County residents.
  • Grants to religious organizations shall be limited to those activities which are non-sectarian and serve the entire community.
  • 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 grants or scholarships for individuals will NOT be considered.
  • Requests for operating funds or day-to-day expenses will receive a lower priority.
  • Requests for projects or programs that serve a greater number of community residents will receive higher priority.