Skip to main content

About the Milnor Community Foundation

Russell Brown

Dale Brown


Established in 2015 through the estates of brothers Russell and Dale Brown, the Milnor Community Foundation is a permanent endowment fund that will support our community for years to come. Earnings from the fund are given as grants to support nonprofit projects or programs in the Milnor area that work to improve our community and quality of life. 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 Milnor Community Foundation is managed locally by a group of volunteers whose main activities are building the fund and recommending grants annually.

The Advisory Committee awards grants two times per year.  Application deadlines are April 1 and October 1 of each year.  Click on "Apply for a Grant"  to be taken to the directions and link to the application.

Local Advisory Committee

Chad Fyre, Advisory Committee Chair
Monty Haugen
Carol Peterson
Lee Hanna
Andrea Hogness, Secretary
Bud Heinert
Jasmine A. Smith


Milnor Community Foundation
c/o City of Milnor Economic Development
PO Box 75
241 2nd Ave
Milnor, ND 58060


Email Chad

Amy Stromsodt, Development Director East
North Dakota Community Foundation

Send Amy an email

Since the Milnor Community Foundation’s inception in 2018, the Dale L Brown Memorial Fund for Milnor & the Russell F Brown Memorial Fund for Milnor in 2017, almost $794,000 in 110 grants has been awarded. Recent grant awards are listed below.


  • City of Milnor - $8,800 Playground Project
  • City of Milnor - $25,000 Main Street Sidewalks, Curb, Gutter & Lights
  • Milnor School District - $10,000 School Based Mental Health
  • Milnor School District - $1,700 Lego League


  • City of Milnor - $25,000 Main Street Sidewalks, Curb, Gutter & Lighting
  • Lakeview Golf Course Assoc. - $10,500 Building Improvements & Freezers
  • Milnor Recreation Board - $7,500 Park Concession Stand Updates
  • Milnor School District - $5,400 STEAM Equipment
  • City of Milnor - $4,000 Pocket Park
  • Milnor Park District - $1,200 Art In The Park
  • Milnor Park District - $3,250 Summer Baseball Program
  • Great Plains Food Bank - $1,000 Mobile Food Pantry
  • Milnor Merchants Club - $1,200 Main Street Flowers
  • Milnor Scholarship Assoc. - $10,000 Milnor Scholarships
  • Milnor School District - $20,000 Playground Update


  • City of Milnor - $25,000 for Mainstreet sidewalks, curbs, gutter and lights project
  • City of Milnor Park District - $6,100 to purchase a new lawn mower and swimming pool heater
  • Lakeview Golf Course Association - $8,800 for building exterior improvements and creation of a tree farm
  • Milnor Area Community Center - $16,500 to replace heat pumps and new tarps to protect flooring
  • Milnor Recreation Board/Milnor Park Board - $12,500 for Park Concession Stand expansion
  • Milnor Public School District - $7,500 to support school based mental health services
  • Youth Opportunity Unlimited, INC - $5,125 for a new mural on Main Street
  • Youth Opportunity Unlimited, INC - $15,280 for Y.O.U. Facility/childcare renovations to accommodate growth in the program


  • City of Milnor - $19,000 to purchase Benches and waste receptacles for Main Street
  • City of Milnor - $25,000 toward sidewalk, curb, gutter and lights project for Main Street
  • City of Milnor Park District - $3,830 toward 2020 Summer Baseball
  • City of Milnor Park District - $1,200 to sponsor Art in the Park
  • Lakeview Golf Course Assoc. - $7,500 for Bridge Safety repairs
  • Milnor Fire Department - $2,000 to purchase air lines for servicing fire trucks
  • Milnor Merchants - $1,650 to purchase and maintain flowers on Main Street
  • Milnor Scholarship Assoc - $7,500 for scholarships for graduating seniors
  • Milnor Public School District - $20,000 toward ongoing Playground Improvement project
  • Youth Opportunity Unlimited, INC. - $2,750 to support summer theater


  • Marketplace of Ideas/Marketplace for Kids, Inc. - $250 in support for Engaging All Learners
  • City of Milnor - $2,500 toward a Wildlife Observation Deck next to Storm Lake
  • City of Milnor - $5,500 to purchase a Lift Station Backup Power Source
  • Lakeview Golf Course Association - $15,000 for heating and cooling efficiency and bridge repairs
  • Milnor Area Community Center Incl - $11,175 for handicap accessible and automatic locking front doors
  • Milnor Community Housing, Inc. - $2,560 to replace flooring in 2 units, entryway and hallway
  • Milnor Fire Department - $14,700 to purchase a Milnor Fire Department sign for new building
  • Milnor Satellite Club - $4,864 to purchase a new ice cream machine
  • Milnor School District - $7,500 for school based Mental Health Services
  • Milnor School District - $6,829 for entertainment during all school reunion in 2020
  • Youth Opportunity Unlimited, Inc - $17,167 for improvements to the Daycare Facility


  • City of Milnor - $25,000 for lighting, sidewalks, curbs and gutters on Main Street
  • City of Milnor - $3,000 to construct a Wildlife Observation Deck next to Storm Lake
  • City of Milnor Park District - $1,200 to support Art in the Park summer program
  • City of Milnor Park District - $2,950 to purchase new baseball uniforms and equipment
  • Lakeview Golf Course Association - $8,000 toward a new furnace and duct work at the clubhouse
  • Milnor Fire Department - $5,550 to purchase a new air compressor and pressure washer
  • Milnor Merchants Club - $1,100 to purchase flowers for Main Street beautification
  • Milnor Scholarship Association - $6,000 for scholarships to graduating seniors
  • Milnor School District - $20,000 toward new playground equipment 
  • Milnor School District - $1,500 to support the Lego League Milnor Robotics Team
  • The FBLA Keg - $16,000 to purchase a new Ice Cream Machine

Apply for a Grant from the Milnor Community Foundation


  • Grants shall be awarded to organizations that serve the community of Milnor and the Milnor School District
  • Low Priority will be given to grants requesting funds for day-to-day operations
  • Grants to religious organizations will be limited to those activities which are non-denominational and serve the entire community
  • To be considered for the current grant round, organizations must submit a completed application which contains all information requested.
  • The Advisory Committee will hold two grant rounds annually.  Applications must be received by April 1st of each year for the first grant round and October 1st for the second round.  Late applications will not be considered for the current round.

In funding decisions, the committee will consider the following:

  • Organizational management and integrity
  • Level of local involvement and support
  • The number of people to be served
  • The impact of the grant on the success of the project

Application Deadlines: April 1 and October 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)