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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 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!








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)

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



For Immediate Release                         


STANLEY, ND . . . The Stanley community foundation advisory committee has over $61,000 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 $1,8 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