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FM Area Foundation Grant - Community Building, Education, Basic Human Needs, Arts, Culture and Creativity

Grants to Minnesota and North Dakota Nonprofits,
Schools, and Agencies to Benefit Local Communities

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Foundation / Corporation

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FM Area Foundation

Deadline Date:

05/11/18 - Community Building and Education


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Grants ranging from $500 to $15,000 to Clay County, Minnesota, and Cass County, North Dakota nonprofit organizations, churches, schools, and government agencies to benefit local communities. Program areas include community building, education, basic human needs, and arts and culture.

Community Building:
The Foundation invests in local communities so they can endure as places where future generations will continue to live, work and thrive. In Cass and Clay Counties, the FM Area Foundation has been engaging and funding initiatives that make a positive impact by helping find innovative solutions to local challenges.

Education creates opportunities, and with each new learning experience, individuals gain more tools to succeed personally and professionally. There are countless avenues for learning that lead to successful futures, and the Foundation believes bright futures begin with a strong educational foundation.

Basic Human Needs:
The Fargo-Moorhead area has experienced tremendous growth in the past decade, bringing about many new opportunities and businesses to the local region. However, many community members continue to face hardships like homelessness, finding quality, affordable childcare, treating mental health issues, or worrying about their next meal. Many local nonprofits are providing assistance and support to those in need. The Foundation’s goal is support them through the Basic Human Needs grant round.

Arts, Culture and Creativity:
Arts and culture can be admired all around the FM area. From the opera, to festivals, to public art, communities can enjoy the creations of talented local artists. Through diversity and creative placemaking, residents may experience a local, engaged community with a rich and vibrant culture. These programs and projects focused on arts, culture and creativity need ongoing financial support in order to thrive in the FM area.

In reviewing applications, the Foundation will consider the following criteria:
1. The extent to which the proposal addresses a community need, demonstrates broad-based community support, and provides benefits to the community at large.
2. The extent to which the proposal maximizes community resources through cooperation and collaboration with other organizations in the community and the elimination of redundant services, programs or projects.
3. The capacity of the applicant's organization and the staff to achieve the desired result.
4. The sustainability of the proposed project without additional long-term financial commitments from the FM Area Foundation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179233

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests ranging from $500 to $15,000 will be considered.

Operational support grants will be funded up to $5,000. Requests above this dollar amount must be for a project, program or collaborative effort.

Term of Contract:

The Foundation does not offer multi-year funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be an IRS-approved tax exempt nonprofit under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue code as described in IRC 501(c)(3) or a church or a tax-exempt school or other government entity, with a focus of serving Cass County, North Dakota, and Clay County, Minnesota, respectively.

Fiscal sponsorships are accepted with the completion and submission of your fiscal sponsorship agreement form.

Pre-Application Information:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Lexi Oestreich, Program Officer

FM Area Foundation
409 7th St. S
Fargo, ND 58103

(701) 234-0756

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Clay County;   North Dakota: Cass County