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Associate Professor and Chef at the North Dakota State College of Science, Kyle Armitage along with Jana Berndt, Development Director for the Richland Wilkin Community Foundation hosted a virtual event, A Culinary Tour of Italy. An online cooking class of guests to learn and cook along with the Chef. It was an exciting fundraiser and entertaining evening. We're looking forward to next year!

About the Richland Wilkin Community Foundation

Established in 1985 by a group of residents concerned about the lack of funding for local organizations, the Richland Wilkin Community Foundation (formerly the Breckenridge/Wahpeton Community Foundation) provides a method of receiving funds/donations to benefit projects or nonprofit organizations in Richland County in ND and Wilkin County in MN. The Richland Wilkin Community 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 State law.

In 2020, the RWCF assumed the role once served by the Richland Wilkin United Way, who closed their doors as of 12/31/2019. The foundation now has the capacity to serve nonprofits through the annual campaign fund and the permanent fund. In 2020, over 20 nonprofits benefited from the efforts of our organization.

The Richland Wilkin Community Foundation conducts an annual campaign every year to raise money to meet the needs in their area.  If you would like to help others in your community, click on the "Donate to our Annual Campaign" button at the right.  The Foundation also has a permanent endowment fund to provide long-term support of the area as well as the annual fund which serves yearly needs.  For more information about the permanent fund or the annual fund, contact Jana Berndt @ 701-640-2058.

Mission Statement:  To promote philanthropy and charitable giving that will impact the success of innovative, creative approaches to community growth and well-being.
 

In 2020, the RWCF awarded several grants to our local food pantry for a new computer and also their backpack after school program. Pictured are volunteer, Becky Stasko and board member, Laurie Drewlow.

Local Advisory Committee

Jana Berndt, Development Director
John Richman - Co Chair
Diane Cordes - Co Chair
Rick Steckler
Alisa Mitskog
Jennifer Kjar
Tara Klostreich
Ryan Smith
Char Schuler
Scott Nicholson

Contact

Contact Jana@ndcf.net

Spring Grant Round Coming Soon

Starting April 15, the on-line grant applications will be available for both the endowment fund ($1,500 max grants) and the annual campaign fund (former United Way funds). The deadline for electronic submission will be May 14th. The RWCF committee will make decisions on the grants and let award winners know by May 28th.

BIO Girls of Wahpeton were the recipient of a grant to support their group. Beautiful Inside and Out is offered to school-age students to bring awareness to things more important than your outside appearance. Pictured are leaders of the group, Janelle Berseth, Denise Miller, Anna Marohl, a student participant, and Development Director, Jana Berndt.

2020 Annual Grants Awarded (formerly the United Way):

  • Breckenridge Youth Program - $2,500 toward an economic resiliency project
  • FirstLink - $1,500 for Mental Health training
  • PARTNERS - $1,500 toward the Foot Care program for residents
  • Richland Wilkin Backpack Program - $2,000 toward food for the program
  • Richland Wilkin Backpack Program - $800 toward a computer for a Mobile Pantry
  • Richland Wilkin Kinship - $1,268.50 toward technology updates
  • Someplace Safe - $2,000 to support financial resources for victims
  • Southeastern North Dakota Community Action Agency - $7,500 for Emergency Assistance
  • Three Rivers Crisis Center - $24,000 for general support and programming
  • Valley Lake Boys Home - $1,500 to purchase new beds for residents

 

2020 Endowment Grants Awarded:

  • Richland Wilkin Emergency Food Pantry - 1,000 to purchase a new computer for the food pantry
  • Hankinson Public School - $1,545 to purchase a chipper/shredder for the American Legion Veterans Memorial
  • Breckenridge United Methodist Church "Soul Shop" - $1,500 for Speaker fees for a Fall Event
  • CAPLP Lakes and Prairies Community Action - $1,446 for EBT (market match dollars) for Twin Town Gardener's Market
  • BIO Girls, INC - $3,120 to support programming for Beauty Inside and Out programming
  • City of Breckenridge - $4,243.97 toward construction of a Breckenridge Dog Park
  • Fairmount Park Board - $500 toward purchase of a new mower
  • Hankinson Park District - $1,500 toward a community skating rink
  • Marketplace of Ideas/Marketplace for Kids, INC - $2,000 for conversion to a virtual Marketplace for Kids event
  • North Dakota State College of Science Foundation - $467.75 for Bremer Bank Theater accessibility initiative
  • Red Door Art Gallery & Museum - $1,500 to support an online art auction

2019 Grants Awarded:

  • CAPLP Lakes and Prairies Community Action - $1,437 to put an EBT at the Twin Towns Gardener's Market
  • Mooreton Park Board - $1,000 for an ice skating/hockey rink
  • Southeastern North Dakota  Community Action Agency - $1,500 for individual emergency assistance
  • Wyndmere School - $1,500 for Battle of the Books program
  • Hankinson Park District - $1,500 toward the purchase of playground equipment for North Park
  • City of Breckenridge - $2,500 to purchase Pickleball Fencing
  • Red Door Art Gallery & Museum - $1,500 to increase and update indoor and outdoor lighting 
  • Red Door Art Gallery & Museum - $1,500 to support the Student Art Show

 

2018 Grants Awarded:  

  • Bio Girls Inc - $1,500 for start-up costs to establish a local chapter of Bio Girls in Wahpeton
  • United Way of Richland Wilkin County - $6,000 toward consultant to help write an organizational strategic plan
  • Campbell Improvement Committee - $2,500 toward the Campbell-Tintah Playground Equipment Project
  • Someplace Safe - $979 for Equipment and Technology upgrades
  • Wilkin County Historical Society - $1,185 for Office Equipment Upgrades
  • BIO Girls, Inc - $1,500 for start-up costs to establish a local chapter of BIO Girls In Breckenridge
  • Marketplace of Ideas/Marketplace for Kids, Inc. - $1,500 for Igniting the Spirit of Innovation and T-4

 

2017 Grants Awarded:

  • Breckenridge Public Schools - Purchase a 3D printer for the High School - $1,935
  • Breckenridge Active Living Committee - Disc Golf Course - $1,500
  • City of Breckenridge - Upgrade filtration system at the Aquatic Center - $2,000
  • Red Door Art Gallery & Museum - Purchase of a computer - $1,203.79
  • South East North Dakota Theater - SEND Theater lighting upgrade - $2,000
  • Southern Valley Health Watch - Trail Benches - $2,500
  • Breckenridge Public Schools - ECFE & Home Visiting Outreach Program - $5,000
  • Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership - SNAP benefits at Twin Town Gardner's Market - $540

 

 

2016 Grants Awarded:

  • Studio 5 -  Support for operating - $2,000
  • City of Breckenridge - Old City Hall Façade Preservation - $2,394.57
  • City of Breckenridge - Commercial Tent, Table and Chairs for community event - $800
  • Breckenridge Aquatic Center - Repaint/replace Lockers - $1,500
  • Bagg Bonanza Historical Preservation Society - Purchase New Bathroom Fixtures - $1,500
  • Richland/Wilkin Kinship - Purchase of a "Buddy Bench" - $770
  • Mooreton Park Board - Updates to the City Park - $1,500
  • SE ND Community Action Agency - Support for Local Residents Receiving Services - $2,000
  • United Way of Richland/Wilkin Counties - Support for the School Backpack Program - $5,000

 

2015 Grants Awarded:

  • Breckenridge Park & Recreation Dept. - Building Updates:  $1,500
  • Breckenridge Park & Recreation Dept. - Jefferson Park Batting Cages:  $1,500
  • City of Breckenridge - The TwinTown Skatepark:  $1,500
  • Red Door art Gallery & Museum - To Defray Costs for Annual Holiday Open House:  $1,664
  • Richland County - CEE Anniversary Celebration Project:  $1,500
  • United Way of Richland-Wilkin - Community Awareness Advertising:  $512
  • United Way of Richland-Wilkin - Food Backpack Program:  $5,000
  • Wyndmere Park District - Rock Garden Park Equipment:  $1,500
  • Wyndmere Teen Center - Wyndmere Teen Center Building Updates:  $1,500

2015 Grants Awarded Totaling $16,183 
10 projects were awarded grants this year including: 

  • Wahpeton Public Schools - Wahpteon High School Theater Department: $500 
  • Breckenridge Elementary School- Number Talks Program: $613.69 
  • City of Breckenridge Old City Hall Facade Preservation Project: $2,605.43 
  • Fairmount Park Board - Disc Golf Project: $1,500 
  • Hankinson Public Schools- Rototillers for the Elementary Community Garden: $4,200.00 
  • Richland-Wilkin Kinship- Kindships Buddy Benches- $770 
  • Rothsay Public Schools- Equipment and Supplies needed for Tiger Cub Club: $1,493.88 
  • Someplace Safe- 20 Grocery Gift Cards: $1,000 
  • Three Rivers Arts Council- World Fest: $2,000 
  • Wahpeton Public Schools- 8th Gr. Students attend Character Challenge Course: $1,500

Rebekah Christensen, Richland Wilkin Kinship Executive Director, has been a good friend and partner to the Richland Wilkin Community Foundation and has received funding multiple times through their history.

Apply for a Grant from the Richland Wilkin Community Foundation

Guidelines for Endowment Fund (Richland Wilkin Community Fund)

• Grants shall not be made to individuals. Organizations authorized under IRS code 501(c)3 and those with official ties to government entities will be accepted.
• Grants shall be awarded to organizations within Richland County in ND and Wilkin County in MN.
• Grants from the permanent fund generally do not exceed $1,500.00 annually.

• The Richland/Wilkin Community Foundation permanent fund will not fund those applications requesting funding for day-to-day operations.
• Grants must have a significant impact on the financial success of the project. To this end, requests should not be a minor percentage of a much larger budget.
• Grants to religious organizations will be limited to those activities which are non-denominational and serve the entire community.
• Lower priority will be given to projects supported by government, or which in the board’s opinion should be funded by tax collections.

Guidelines for Annual Campaign (former United Way)

Grants shall not be made to individuals. Organizations authorized under IRS code 501(c)3 and those with official ties to government entities will be accepted.
• Grants shall be awarded to organizations within Richland County in ND and Wilkin County in MN.
• Grants from the annual fund are limited to the amount available to that particular grant round.

• The Richland/Wilkin Community Foundation annual will consider funding those applications 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.
• Lower priority will be given to projects supported by government, or which in the board’s opinion should be funded by tax collections.


In funding decisions, the board will consider the following:
• Specific merits of each project
• Organizational management and integrity
• Level of local involvement and support
• The number of residents to be served and overall impact on the community
• The impact of the grant on the success of the project
• The extent to which the project reflects a creative or innovative approach to a problem

Deadline: Applications are accepted at designated times of the year, typically spring and late fall. 


How to Apply

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.

 

The North Dakota Community Foundation also administers the following funds in the Breckenridge/Wahpeton area:

Burton Louis Gewalt Meritorious Scholarship:  The Burton Louis Gewalt Meritorious Fund was established with a gift from the estate of Burton Gewalt who passed away in 2009.  The Burton Louis Gewalt Meritorious Fund will provide scholarship assistance to deserving students who have graduated from Breckenridge, MN High School.

Dr. Roger E. Meisner Veterinary Medicine Educational Fund:  Established in 1996 by Dr. Roger E. Meisner who practiced Veterinary Medicine in the Wahpeton area and who also worked for the Federal Government for a number of years. Applicants must be graduates from a North Dakota high school and have been accepted or actively enrolled in a Professional School of any accredited College of Veterinary medicine in North America.

Elmer & Lucille Hoffert Fund:  Established in 2004 to support charitable projects in the Breckenridge/Wahpeton area.

Elmer & Lucille Hoffert Medical Research Fund:  Established in 2004 to support cancer and heart disease research.

Evan's Support:  Established in 2015 in honor of Evan Vincent Schumacher to provide support and assistance to families in a medical crisis. This support can include, but is not limited to:
1.) Providing functional, comfortable, and supportive furniture to medical facilities for families that need to stay on hospital grounds, and
2.) Assisting in writing and publishing child obituaries (18 years and younger)
To visit the Evan's Support page please click here

Leach Library Fund:  Established in 1992 to support the Leach Library