Frequently Asked Questions

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, on its mineral interests within western North Dakota, as designated by its Board of Directors. AgriBank acquired its mineral interests in western North Dakota as a result of loan activity following the Great Depression.

Who qualifies?

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 on​ Grant applicatio​ns will be evaluated two times a year.

Completed applications received by:  April 30, October 31

The applications must be received electronically and submitted by the dates noted above.

What is your decision process?

Grants will be reviewed 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.