Jamestown Community Foundation

About the Jamestown Community Foundation

The Jamestown Community Foundation was established in 1984 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 Jamestown 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 Jamestown Community Foundation is managed locally by a group of volunteers whose main activities are building the fund and recommending grants annually.

Local Advisory Committee

Barbara Lang (President)
Casey Stoudt (Vice-President)
Paulette Ritter (Secretary)
Curt Liechty (Treasurer)
Darin Finck
Ronn Fuchs
Kirk Heim
Shirley Jackson
Joan Morris
Marlee Siewert
Dave Smette
Kim Lunde
Becky Thatcher-Keller
Kevin Sortland
Toni Wegenast

Emeritus Members
Charlotte Hansen
Rollie Meidinger* 
Fran Romsdal*

Advisory Members
Joe Larson (Attorney)
JoDee Rasmusson
Tim Burchill


Barbara Lang
723 1st Ave South, Suite 216
Jamestown, ND 58401

(701) 320-4570

Send an Email

or contact Kara with the North Dakota Community Foundation Bismarck office.

Apply for a Grant from the Jamestown Community Foundation

• Grants will be directed to programs and services that benefit a broad segment of our community. Emphasis is placed on applicants who have limited access to other sources of funding. 
• Organizations or groups seeking funds must be able to demonstrate effective leadership, sound fiscal management and clear goals. 
• Organizations or groups should have at least one full year of operating experience, sufficient resources to accomplish stated objectives, and the capacity to make a significant, favorable impact on the community. 
• Grants are limited to one per year per organization or group; multiple grants to the same organization over several years are also limited. The Jamestown Community Foundation does not make multi-year grant commitments. Grants normally do not exceed $5,000. 

Grants should generally not be considered if they are: 
• Outside the purpose or scope of the Jamestown Community Foundation or activities which jeopardize our tax exempt status. 
• To individuals or groups seeking support for research, planning, personal needs, or travel. 
• To religious organizations for support of denominational causes. 
• To public service, political campaigns, or political lobbying activities. 
• To fraternal, veterans, state or national professional or trade associations. 
• For athletic scholarships, or advertising sponsorships. 
• For publications, audio-visual productions, or special broadcasts. 
• To other Foundations, Endowments or endowment campaigns, or for capital debt reduction. 

Application Procedure: 
Please complete the online application and supporting materials, including: 

  • A description of the organization or group. 
  • A description of the project including cost, goals and objectives, and time frame. 
  • A completed application signed by an officer of the organization or group. 
  • The possibility of the grant leveraging additional support from other sources. 
  • The level of local involvement and support. 
  • The number of people served and the impact of the program on the community 
  • The degree to which the program duplicates or complements the work of other community organizations. 
  • The impact of the Jamestown Community Foundation’s grant on the success of the project. 
  • The program budget and other sources of financial support. 
  • A copy of the most recent financial statement, if available, preferably audited, or the Form # 990. 
  • A list of management, staff, and the board of directors. 
  • A personal interview with a Jamestown Community Foundation Board member and/or a presentation to the JCF Board if requested. 

If you have any questions or need additional information, you may contact the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce.

Deadline: The committee reviews requests quarterly. Applications are welcome any time.

New for 2018 and Beyond:

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 Awarded by the Jamestown Community Foundation in 2016

  • Heritage Centre of Jamestown - $1,360 for Automatic Door Openers
  • Safe Shelter - $5,000 for Construction for Short-term Emergency Shelter Faci
  • Jamestown Park & Recreation Department - $5,000 for Delopment of Handicap Accessible Nature Trail

The North Dakota Community Foundation also administers the following funds in the Jamestown area:

Ronald D. Liudahl Scholarship
This endowment was created by Judith Liudahl and Stephanie (Liudahl) Harr in honor of Ronald D. Liudahl, husband and father and co-founded with the Dakota Anglers. Ron had a passion for preservation and enrichment of North Dakota’s wildlife and fisheries.The Ronald D. Liudahl Endowment will support undergraduate students whose interests and activities are to enter into an academic field of wildlife management and/or fisheries biology. 

Marie Almlie Music Unrestricted Fund
Established in 1998 by memorial gifts in the name of Marie Almlie to support of the Foundation's unrestricted grant program.

Anne Carlsen Center for Children Endowment Fund
Established in 1998 by Anne Carlsen in support of the Anne Carlsen Center for Children in Jamestown

Harold M. Hager Memorial Fund
Established in 2000 by Tim & Joanne Ottmar

Clinton R. Ottmar Memorial Fund
Established in 2000 by Tim & Joanne Ottmar

Preservation ND Fund
Established in 1993 to support Preservation North Dakota.

R.E. Meidinger Fund
Established in 1978 by R. E. Meidinger to support the work of the North Dakota Community Foundation

John & Jean Rouzie Fund
Established in 1979 by John & Jean Rouzie to benefit the Anne Carlsen School in Jamestown, ND.