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Fall Grant Application Dates Announced

The fall grant cycle will open up for applications starting September 15, 2021 and run until October 1, 2021. Click on the "apply for a grant" tab below for our online application.

 

2021 Spring Grant Awards were presented in June to 10 nonprofit agencies in the two counties. $36,000 was invested back in the region through the Richland Wilkin Community Foundation Annual and Endowment Funds.

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 (RWCF) 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 dissolved 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.
 

2021 grant recipient, Wahpeton Breckenridge Headwaters Music Festival was awarded $1,500 to be used to hired music educators for the camp that is being offered to youth in the area. Myrna Ball accepts the check on behalf of the organization from RWCF Development Director, Jana Berndt.

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

Fall Grant Application Round set for September 2021

The fall grant cycle will open up for applications starting September 15, 2021 and run until October 1, 2021. Visit our website at NDCF.net/RichlandWilkin for our online application.

We encourage all applicants to consider which fund best fits their requests by reading our website which has the guidelines.

 

 

 

The Red Door Art Gallery has been a benefactor of several grants from the Richland Wilkin Community Foundation.

Spring Grant Round Awards $36,000 to the two counties!

The first grant round of 2021 was completed in early June.  10 local nonprofit organizations were awarded a total of $36,000.  5 of the grants were awarded from the annual fund for a total of $27,500 and another 5 grants from the endowment for $8,500. "Thanks to RWCF, Three Rivers Crisis Center can continue to provide no-cost counseling to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse," commented Susan Rittenour, Three River Crisis Center Executive Director.

Spring 2021 grant recipient, Three Rivers Crisis was awarded $12,000 by the Richland Wilkin Community Foundation Annual Fund. Funds will be used for day-to-day operations.

Spring Grant Awards Press Release

PRESSRELEASE

P.O. Box 905 Wahpeton ND 58075   701-640-2058                             

www.NDCF.net/RichlandWilkin

June 22, 2021                                                                          

Contact:  Jana Berndt, 701-640-2058

For immediate release                                                                                      

Jana@NDCF.net

 

Richland Wilkin Community Foundation (RWCF) Awards $36,000 in grants back to the region

 

Wahpeton, North Dakota . . .. The advisory board of the RWCF recently voted to approve $36,000 in  10 different grants to nonprofit agencies in Richland and Wilkin Counties.

 

The annual fund awarded 5 grants totaling $27,500 and the endowment fund awarded 5 grants totaling $8,500.  Area agencies included in the spring grant round include:

  • Boys Scouts to provide comprehensive youth development,
  • Red Door Art Gallery for updated security equipment and equipment lease payments,
  • Richland-Wilkin Backpack Program for food,
  • Richland-Wilkin Kinship for operations & activities,
  • Three Rivers Crisis & Kids Konnection for day-to-day operations,
  • Headwaters Music Festival for hiring educators at the music camp,
  • SENDCAA for rental space,
  • Someplace Safe for updating security equipment and
  • Valley Lake Boys Home for a summer work program.

“Thanks to RWCF, Three Rivers Crisis Center can continue to provide no-cost counseling to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse,” commented Susan Rittenour, Three Rivers Crisis Center Executive Director.

The Richland Wilkin Community Foundation was organized in the fall of 1984 to provide funds for the community arts, services to the disadvantaged, historic preservation, youth services, mental and physical health services, parks and community recreation, and educational services.

The purpose of the community foundation, which is administered through the North Dakota Community Foundation, is to award grants to initiate worthwhile community and youth projects for which no other funds are available.  The major objective is to assist in the development of self-help programs in the community.  

The average grant is usually between $1,000 and $2,500.  There may be special requests that require the board to exceed this amount but those are awarded on a limited basis.  The foundation’s goal is to reach as many groups as possible that are working towards making the Richland-Wilkin area a better place to live.  It has awarded over $230,000 since its inception.

In 2020, RWCF assumed work with the annual fund, previously held at the Richland Wilkin United Way, strengthening the organization and the partnership with nonprofit groups in the two-county area. The foundation now has the capability to fund through the annual giving fund or the permanent fund, depending on the nature of the grant request.

Individuals interested in supporting the Richland-Wilkin Community Foundation’s work can donate to either their annual giving or their permanent fund at www.NDCF.net/RichlandWilkin.

For more information, contact chairperson, Jana Berndt at 218-641-2042 or any board member of the advisory group.

 

 

 

Since the Richland Wilkin Community Foundation’s inception in 1985, the Elmer & Lucille Hoffert Fund in 2004, & the Richland Wilkin Community Foundation Annual Campaign Fund in 2019, nearly $296,000 in 276 grants has been awarded. Recent grant awards are listed below.

2021 Annual Grants Awarded

  • Northern Lights Council of Boy Scouts of America - $2,500 for comp. youth development
  • Red Door Art Gallery - $1,500 for operating expenses with equipment and lease payments
  • Richland Wilkin Backpack Program - $1,500 to buy food for the kid's packs
  • Richland Wilkin Kinship - $10,000 for operating and activity expenses
  • Three Rivers Crisis Center and Kids Konnection - $12,000 for day to day operations

2021 Endowment Grants Awarded

  • Headwaters Music Festival - $2,500 for educators for the kids camp
  • Red Door Art Gallery - $1,500 for upgrades to the security system
  • SENDCAA - $1,500 for rental of office space in Wahpeton
  • Someplace Safe - $1,500 for upgrades in security equipment
  • Valley Lake Boys Home - $1,500 for summer work program

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

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 throughout their history. This year's Amazing Race was a celebration of being back in person....together for a great cause!

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