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About the Mott-Regent Community Foundation

Established  through the Ishmael & Rose Diede estate, the Mott-Regent 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 Mott-Regent 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 Mott-Regent Community Foundation is managed locally by a group of volunteers whose main activities are building the fund and recommending grants annually. 

HELPING US BUILD THE FUND: In order for the fund to have a bigger impact in the community, we invite those in the region to make some sort of a gift. Please refer to the "other information" tab for a report and brochure to find out more. Or please call one of us on the committee. We would be happy to answer any questions.

FUNDING: (click her to make online gifts) 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 MRCF 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

Alex Aldinger (VP)(Mott)
Kevin Carvell (Mott)
Karen Kouba (Past-Chair)(Regent)
Morgan Kouba (Chair) (Regent)
Linda Swindler (Mott)
Kendra Carlson (Mott-Regent)
Katelin Kouba (Regent)
William Gion (Regent) 


Karen Kouba
Regent, ND 58650


Send Committee an Email 

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

Please find attached various materials which you can download for your own or to pass along to a family member or friend. Help get the word out about the fund, helps the fund grow and serve the community in a bigger way. Any questions please refer to the contact page to contact a committee member. Thank you!

Brochure of Foundation









Since the Mott-Regent Community Foundation’s inception in 2013, & the Ishmael & Rose Diede Charitable Fund for Mott/Regent in 2017, over $55,200 in 35 grants has been awarded. Recent grant awards are listed below.

Grants Awarded in 2022

  • Regent Consumers Coop - $3,000 for the front entrance project
  • Maercklein Conservation & Charitable Corporation - $1,552 for the Cannonball Trail gardens development
  • Playhouse Theatre Inc - $1,500 for the lobby sign
  • Mott Public Library - $200 for Express Yourself art supplies

Grants Awarded in 2021

  • Hettinger County Historical Society - $1,392 Building Updates
  • Regent Consumers Coop - $4,500 Meat Cooler Project

Grants Awarded in 2020

  • Maercklein Conservation & Charitable Corp. - $2,286 Cannonball River Restoration Project Phase 2
  • Regent Consumers Coop - $2,286 Coolers Project
  • Mott Public Library - $1,300 Go Large and Go Read

Grants Awarded in 2019

  • Mott Park District - $656 Pool Blaster Pro 1500
  • Mott Public Library - $1,137 Children's Reading & Learning Section Upgrade/Enhancement
  • Mott/Regent Public Schools - $800 Second Floor AED Project
  • Regent Ambulance Service - $1,000 Remodel Bathroom for Handicapped Shower Room
  • Regent Consumers Coop - $2,100 Roof Project



The Mott-Regent Community Foundation has announced that it will be holding two grant rounds in 2023 with significant additional grant dollars available from Grid United’s Community Investment Program (CIP).  Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt organization, a government agency, or have a fiscal sponsor with one of those designations, and must provide services in Mott, Regent, or the surrounding area.

Grid United, an independent transmission company and donor to the region, has gifted a large gift to be granted in 2023 alongside the foundation’s endowment earnings of $6,200. The grant dollars will be divided up into the two grant rounds as follows:

·       SPRING Round (applications due by June 15):   $44,000

·       FALL Round (applications due by September 30):  $50,200

·       Organizations may apply in both rounds.   

SPECIAL Funds available for 2024, 2025 amounts will be announced in February 2024



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. Contact John at NDCF for more information: or 701-590-4614 
  • Grants shall be awarded to organizations within Mott and Regent. 
  • Grants to religious organizations shall be limited to those activities which are non-denominational and serve the entire community. 
  • Extensions may be granted at the discretion of the Advisory Committee. 
  • Approved grant requests may be funded in full or partially, at the discretion of the Advisory Committee. 

Funding Priorities 
High Priority 

  • Projects or programs that benefit a greater number of residents 
  • Requests that demonstrate applicant will seek or has secured other funding sources 

Low Priority 

  • Requests for multiple-year funding 
  • Requests for operating funds or day-to-day expenses 

The following will NOT be considered: 

  • Requests for grants or scholarships for individuals 



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 Mott-Regent Community Foundation (MRCF) continue to support important projects and programs in our area forever.

Gifts to MRCF 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 MRCF. Doing so provides for your heirs while honoring your charitable values.

Getting Started

Brothers Russell and Dale Brown left gifts to the communities of Lisbon and Milnor, ND, in their estate plans.

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 Mott-Regent Community Foundation committee member to learn more about the charities and needs in our area.

3.  Consider discussing (confidentially) your vision with our NDCF gift planner John Heinen.  He has many years of experience helping donors create their charitable vision and better prepare for their discussions with financial planners. John's cell is 701-590-4614 or you can email him 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 Mott-Regent Community Foundation 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 Mott-Regent Community Foundation, 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