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About the Rolla Community Endowment Fund

Make a gift today and make a difference forever in Rolla!

In the fall of 2002, a group of citizens, who were concerned with the lack of funding opportunities for rural areas, came together to create the Rolla Community Endowment Fund.  The Fund is administered by the North Dakota Community Foundation in accordance with their grant making policies. A board of Rolla citizens shall be responsible for local fundraising and issuing of grants. This board shall consist of 6 to 10 persons. Every effort shall be made to maintain a healthy cross-section of persons representing the citizens of Rolla. Board members shall serve a term of two years. New members shall be elected at the beginning of the calendar year by the existing board.


Local Advisory Committee

Barbara Mothershead, Chair
Melissa Elick
Dennis Neameyer
Jason Nordmark
Randy Loing
Scott Mitchell
Jenee Munro



Barbara Mothershead
101 1st St. SE
Rolla, ND 58367


Email Barbara

or contact Amy Stromsodt, NDCF Development Director, at 701-795-1531.

Grants Awarded in 2020:

  • Rolla Public Library - $1120.73 to purchase DVD's, a Learning Easel with Storage, new shelving, new novels and craft supplies 
  • City of Rolla Forestry - $800 for Flowers for Main Street
  • Revitalize Rolla - $8804.27 toward the construction of a Family Entertainment Center in Rolla



Grants Awarded in 2019:

  • Rolla Cemetery Committee - $1000 for general upkeep, removal of intrusive shrubs and repairs to sod
  • Rolette County Public Health - $1500 to purchase portable drape kits, room dividers and carrying bags
  • Rolla Volunteer Fire Department - $2000 toward the purchase of 7 sets of Techgen level 3 protective gear
  • Rolla Park Board - $2300 to bring baseball diamonds up to standard code to start a Legion Baseball team for summer of 2019
  • Northern Lights Baseball - $1125 toward the purchase of new jerseys for the high school baseball team
  • Rolla Public Library - $1000 toward the purchase of new books and library furniture
  • Rolla Elementary School - $1000 toward upgrades to playground equipment


Grants Awarded in 2018:

  • Mt. Pleasant School District - $1,500 to replace the fence at football field
  • Rolette County Emergency Management - $1,500 for backup amateur radio equipment
  • Rolette County Public Health District - $1,500 for the School Hearing Program
  • Rolla Cemetery - $1,000 for Grounds maintenance and headstone straightening
  • Rolla Community Day Care, Inc - $1,500 to expand playground area and equipment 
  • Rolla Forestry - $1,413 to purchase trees and downtown floral upkeep
  • Rolla Senior Citizens Club - $1,000 to purchase a freezer for Community Kitchen



Grants Awarded in 2017:

  • Mt. Pleasant School District - $995 for the high school art program with local artists
  • City of Rolla Forestry - $1,495 for Main Street flower & summer upkeep
  • Rolla Community Endowment Fund - $300 for operating expenses
  • Rolette County Public Health District - $1,200 for county wide pulmonary education
  • Mt. Pleasant School District - $1,000 for elementary art program with local artists
  • Rolla Community Day Care, Inc - $1,500 for ongoing playground updates
  • Rolla City Fire Department - $1,000 to purchase thermal imaging camera
  • Rolla Park District - $1,500 for swimming pool upgrades


Grants Awarded in 2016:

  • Rolla Art Council - $1,100 for technical assistance and moving of a mural
  • Rolla Public Library - $1,100 for equipment and updates
  • Rolette County Public Health - $1,100 for remote vaccine monitoring
  • Rolla Family Career and Community Leaders of America - $1,100 for students to attend the National FBLA Meeting
  • City of Rolla Forestry - $1,100 for flowers on Main Street
  • Rolla Volunteer Fire Department - $1,100 to purchase confined space rescue equipment (harnesses and rigging)
  • Rolla Community Day Care Center - $1,100 to improve the outdoor play area
  • Rolla Senior Citizens Club - $1,000 to purchase a commercial meat slicer


Grants Awarded in 2015:

  • Rolla City Fire Department - $1,500 to purchase heavy reslue/confined space set
  • City of Rolla - $1,000 operating support for the Forestry Committee
  • Rolla Municipal Golf Club - $1,000 to purchase an AED
  • Rolla JDA - $500 for operating support for the community endowment fund
  • Rolla Community Day Care, Inc - $2,500 to purchase ProCare Software
  • Rolette County Public Health District - $1,000 for youth oral health program/fluoride varnish program
  • Rolla Public Library - $1,500 for general operating support


Grants Awarded in 2014:

  • Rolla Community Day Care, Inc - $1,500 for playground updates
  • Rolla Forestry Committee - $1,500 for Rolla Beautification project
  • Rolette County Public Health District - $1,000 for digital pilot hearing testing
  • Rolla Park District - $1,500 for sidewalk maintenance
  • Rolette County Historical Society - $1,500 for supplies for the Rolla Murals project
  • Rolla Public Library - $905 for operating expenses
  • American Legion, Fred C. Wagner Post #235 - 905 for handicapped accessibility improvement to the L
  • Rolla Community Endowment Fund - $300 for operating expenses

How to Apply for a Grant from the Rolla Community Endowment Fund


  • RCEF makes grants only to those organizations designated by the IRS code as 501(c)3 non-profit tax exempt groups or government agencies
  • RCEF does not make grants to individuals
  • Project beneficiaries shall be limited to the city of Rolla
  • RCEF will not provide funding for day-to-day operations
  • Organizations shall limit requests to one per year. Generally, the RCEF shall not award multi-year grants (ie pledges)

In funding decisions, the board will consider:

  • Organizational management and integrity
  • Level of local involvement and community support to include fundraising
  • Degree to which the organization can demonstrate successful or unsuccessful attempts to leverage monies through other granting agencies or programs
  • The number of citizens served and the overall impact on the community
  • Innovative solutions or a new approach to an existing or recurring problem
  • Degree to which the RCEF grant will affect the success of the project

Deadline: April 15

How to Apply:

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 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. (PDF)