Stanley Area Community Foundation

About the Stanley Area Community Foundation

The Stanley Area Community Foundation was established in 2008 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 Stanley 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 Stanley  Area Community Foundation is managed locally by a group of volunteers whose main activities are building the fund and recommending grants annually. 

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

Grace Lystad (Chair)
Wayne E. Johnson
Doug Kinnoin
Dan Lindberg
Donald Longmuir
Jenny Gaaskjolen
Abbey Ruland
Ashley Skarsgard
Ray Schepp


Grace Lystad
PO Box 154
Stanley, ND 58784

(701) 628-3253 Send an Email

or contact John Heinen at the North Dakota Community Foundation or (701) 590-4614


Please click on the links below to view a copy of articles regarding the foundation.

Granting News in 2016 (Click here)

Making 1M Newspaper Article (click here)



For Immediate Release                         


STANLEY, ND . . . The Stanley community foundation advisory committee has over $57,900 to give to area  organizations.  Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, or government agencies or have a fiscal sponsor.


Apply ONLINE using the APPLY BUTTON on this page


Last year’s projects grant for were: recipients were: Mountrail Health: Assisted Living, Opportunity Foundation; Autism Services, S.A.C.K program, Stanley High School Drama Program, and Speech team Program, Sibyl Center Children’s Theatre, Flickertail, roofing. All program helping enrich our community.


The Stanley foundation is a permanent endowment, from which yearly earnings go back into the community through a dedicated committee of local residents. Thank you to those of you who last year added many new gifts and helped grow the fund to over $1,7 million! You are helping us get a step closer to funding our communities priority projects!


Have Questions or need more information? Contact Doug Kinnoin -- 701-628-1366, Jenny Gaaskjolen 605-381-9983, Grace Lystad (701) 313-0011 or email the committee

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.

Click here for more detailed instructions and tips for using our online grant system.

  • Grants shall be awarded only to those organizations designated by the IRS Code as 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt groups, or government agencies. 
  • Grants shall be awarded to organizations within Stanley and surrounding communities, as determined by the Advisory Committee. 
  • Grants to religious organizations will be limited to those activities which are non-denominational and serve the entire community. 
  • Applications shall be due September 25 of each year. The deadline may be extended 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 operating funds or day-to-day expenses 
  • Requests for multiple-year funding 


Awarded Grants 2015

2013 grant recpients

Montrail Country Health Emergency Room Expansion 
Sibyl Center for Life Enrichment
Golden Age Club
Public Schools
--5th and 6th Grade Football Uniforms
--Playground Equipment
Blue Jays Sports Complex
Stanley Public Library
Flickertail Village and Museum
Stanley Fire Department: New Bunk Gear
Stanley Ambulance: New Vehicle     
Park Board: New Playground Equipment
Montrail County Social Services: Foster Care Appreciation Event
Domestic Violence NW
Montrail Medical Center: Portable Ultra Sound for ER      
Golden Age Center: New Lights
Sibyl Center: Children and Ladies Program
Stanley Parks and Rec: Baseball/Softball Field
Ina Mae Rude/Fitness Center: Aquatic Equipment

The North Dakota Community Foundation also administers the following funds in the Stanley area.

Einar & Helma Septon Memorial Scholarship

The fund was established in 1991 by Richard D. Septon and Avis K. (Septon) Monson in memory of their parents, Einar & Helma Septon. This scholarship will only assist students who have chosen to attend Concordia College, Moorhead, MN. 

Annie's House Building Fund

The Annie's House Fund was established in 2011 to support the work of building the Annie's House at the Bottineau Winter Park. Annie’s House will provide an integrated, adaptive ski facility and program to accommodate the special needs of disabled children and young adults. Details may be found here Annie's House

Torrey & Lillian Peterson Endowment Fund

Established in 2002 by Chad M. Peterson. The purpose of the fund is to support worthwhile charitable programs in Stanley, ND.

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!