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About the Richardton Area Community Foundation

The Richardton Area Community Foundation (formerly the Richardton 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 the Richardton area. 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 Richardton Area Community Foundation is managed locally by a group of volunteers whose main activities are building the fund and recommending grants . 

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.


Local Advisory Committee

Ralph Weisenberger
Carmen Bohn (Chairperson)
Catherine Hueske
Mark Aman
Marvin Messer
Keith Perhus
Gregory Johnson


Richardton Area Community Foundation
PO Box 53
Richardton, ND

Questions: Please email Carmen Bohn at or the Community Foundation general inbox at 

For anonymous giving, gift planning, or unique asset gifts, please contact John Heinen- NDCF Western ND Regional Director at (701) 590-4614 or

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!










The Richardton Area Community Foundation has awarded more than $322,000 in 288 grants since its inception in 1981. Recent grant awards are listed below.

Grants Awarded in 2023

  • Raider Booster Club:  $7,000 for a Crow's Nest addition
  • Richardton Senior Citizens:  $4,000 for flooring - concrete coating
  • St. Mary Parish:  $4,000 for the St. Mary Social Center Lighting project
  • WayMaker Training Organization Richardton:  $4,000 for WayMaker Training 2023 (traveling basketball teams)

Grants Awarded in 2022

  • Richardton Baseball Club:  $4,300 for a scoreboard
  • American Legion Post 180: $4,000 for window and parking lot updates
  • Richardton-Taylor Public School Music Department:  $2,500 to replace several large, bass line instruments
  • Raider Booster Club:  $2,000 for gymnasium chairs
  • Camp ReCreation:  $1,500 to replace air mattresses for sleeping
  • Raider Pee Wee Program:  $1,500 for equipment for field and camps
  • Richardton Healthcare Foundation: $1,000 for dining room acoustic ceiling tiles
  • American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 180: $1,000 to replace the 100 cup coffee maker, purchase a vacuum, and other items
  • WayMaker Training Organization Richardton:  $1,000 for WayMaker Training 2022 (traveling basketball teams)

Grants Awarded in 2021

  • American Legion Auxiliary Unit 180 - $500 Replace Legion Club Room Dining Tables
  • Lt. Theo R. Zech American Legion Post 180 - $2,500 Carpet Replacement
  • Raider Booster Club - $2,500 Football Light Pole Pads
  • Raider Pee Wee Program - $2,000 New Helmets
  • Richardton Baseball Club - $2,500 Electrical Expansion
  • Richardton Health Center - $3,500 Resident Services Transportation
  • Richardton Park Board - $2,500 Swimming Pool Improvements
  • Richardton Senior Citizens - $1,300 Improvements to Kitchen, Men's Bathroom & West Entrance

Grants Awarded in 2020

  • Lt. Theo R. Zech American Legion Post 180 - $2,000 Memorial Repairs
  • PAWS (Richardton-Taylor School District) - $6,000 Playground
  • Richardton Senior Citizens - $2,000 Gas & Electrical
  • Richardton-Taylor School - $2,000 National Speech & Debate Association Tournament
  • Richardton Health Center - $5,000 Server Installation

Grants Awarded in 2019

  • Camp ReCreation - $1,000 Activity Supplies
  • Lt. Theo R. Zech American Legion Post 180 - $2,500 Insulating Club Room Building
  • Richardton Baseball Club - $3,283.33 Field Improvements
  • Richardton Healthcare Foundation - $2,000 Walk-In Tub & Wheelchair Scale
  • Richardton Senior Citizens - $2,000 Building Updates
  • Richardton-Taylor School - $1,383.33 National Speech & Debate Association Tournament
  • St. John Lutheran Church - $1,916.67 Furnace Replacement
  • St. Mary's Parish - $1,916.67 Cemetery Flagpoles

Applications Open February 1st & Close on June 28th

  • 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. For more information: or 701-590-4614. 
  • Grants shall be awarded to organizations within the Richardton--Taylor area. 
  • Grants to religious organizations shall be limited to those activities which are non-denominational and serve the entire community. 
  • Application forms will be available online at 
  •  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

New for 2018 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 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.



There are currently no other funds supporting this community. If you are interested in establishing a fund to support this community, please contact our office.



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 Richardton Area Community Foundation (RACF) continue to support important projects and programs in our area forever.

Gifts to the RACF 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 RACF. 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 Richardton Area 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 Richardton Area 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 Richardton Area 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