What is the Purpose of the Rural Community Grant Fund?
Grants up to $50,000 will be available within the Rural Community Grant Fund to facilitate infrastructure improvement and/or development initiatives encompassing housing projects, health, safety and environmental programs, medical facilities, educational programs and more. The Rural Community Grant Fund will be funded annually by the income earned by AgriBank, FCB, on its mineral interests within western North Dakota, as designated by its Board of Directors. AgriBank, FCB acquired its mineral interests in western North Dakota as a result of loan activity following the Great Depression.
What kind of projects or programs are accepted for the fund?
- Multiple Family Housing;
- Dwellings for the elderly needing assistance or on low or fixed incomes;
- Young families and single parents on low incomes;
- Health, safety and environmental projects or programs;
- Medical services, such as hospitals, clinics and nursing care facilities;
- Emergency services, such as ambulance, fire, hazardous materials, police and first responders;
- Environmental and conservation efforts;
- Programs aimed at development of rural western North Dakota young leaders in agriculture, economic development and local leadership;
- Educational programs for kindergarten through twelfth grade;
- Recreational facilities; and
- Arts, museums and historical projects.
Preference will be given to an organization that is qualified as a 501(c)(3) entity under the IRS code. Requests for funding from governmental authorities will also be considered, but not at the federal, state or county levels. Other organizations may be considered, but requests by or for the personal benefit of an individual will not. A request will not be considered from a religious group for a religious purpose unless it is funding or sponsoring funding of a community medical or housing project. We do not discriminate on the basis or sexual orientation, race, color, religion, creed, age, marital status, disability or national origin.
How do we apply?
Applications are available at any local branch or main office of Farm Credit Services of Mandan or Farm Credit Services of North Dakota and at www.agribank.com. Grant applications will be evaluated on a quarterly basis.
Completed proposals received by:
Completed signed applications may be mailed to 30 E. 7th St., Suite 1600, St. Paul, MN 55101 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The applications must be received, postmarked or electronically submitted by the dates noted above.
What is your decision process?
Grants will be reviewed and scored by the Fund administrators. Applicants will be notified as soon as possible after the review is concluded. If your application is approved, keep a record of your project, updating the Fund administrators periodically, and inform community leaders and local media as the project progresses.