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.

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

Local Advisory Committee

Breckenridge/Wahpeton Community Foundation board members John Richman (far left) and Collette Barton (far right) award grants to successful applicants in 2011.

Jana Berndt
John Richman
Diane Cordes
Rick Steckler
Dave Engstrom
Denise Miller
Alisa Mitskog


Jana Berndt
225 North 5th Street
Breckenridge, MN 56520


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or contact Amy Stromsodt at the North Dakota Community Foundation.

Announcing our New Name!

The Breckenridge/Wahpeton Community Foundation has changed its name to the Richland Wilkin Community Foundation to better reflect its area of service.

A new logo has also been developed to coincide with the name change.

Apply for a Grant from the Richland Wilkin Community Foundation

• 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 generally do not exceed $1500.00.
• The Breckenridge/Wahpeton Community Foundation 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.

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

How To Apply: Download an application form and return completed application to: 

Jana Berndt
225 North 5th Street
Breckenridge, MN 56520

Some of the 2014 grant recipients received their grants from BWCF board members in January of 2015. Pictured back row left to right are: BWCF board members Ken Harty & John Richman, Wyndmere park board member Mark Brekken. Front row left to right: Red Door Art Gallery manager Jolene Miller, BWCF board member Jana Berndt, Twin Town Skate Park member Sawyer Schuler, BWCF board member Colette Barton & Wydmere park board member Darcy Heitkamp. Our thanks to the Wahpeton Daily News for the photo.

2018 Grants Awarded:  (To Date)

  • Bio Girls Inc - $1,500 to establish a Bio Girls Program in Wahpeton
  • United Way of Richland Wilkin County - $6,000 toward consultant to help write an organizational strategic plan


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

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