Lisbon Community Endowment Fund

Abou the Lisbon Community Endowment Fund

Established in 1981, the Lisbon Community Endowment Fund (LCEF) is a general charitable vehicle that exists to improve the quality of life for residents in Ransom County.  LCEF uses income generated from a permanent pool of investments to make grants to local organizations/projects. 

A committee of local citizens shall be responsible for local fundraising and funding decisions.  Every effort shall be made to maintain a healthy cross-section of persons representing the community.  New members shall be elected by the existing committee from a list of nominated individuals.  Each committee member can serve two full consecutive terms with a limit of 11 total years for any individual member.  The committee shall also have an ex-officio member who will handle all correspondence for the committee.

Local Advisory Committee

Jason Enger
Wes Well
Steve Johnson
Louann Waliser
Morrie Saxerud
Nikki Kenyon
Pastor Norm Anderson
Don Eppler
Breanne Carlson


Jason Enger
622 Main Street, P.O. Box 273
Lisbon, ND 58054


Email Jason

or contact Amy Warnke, NDCF Development Director, at 701-795-1531.


The Advisory Committee of the Lisbon Community Endowment Fund is currently accepting applications for the 2016 Fall Grant Round.  COMPLETED applications must be returned to Bremer Bank in Lisbon BY October 1, 2016.

How to Apply for a Grant from the Lisbon Community Endowment Fund

Grant Guidelines:

  • Grants shall be awarded to organizations recognized under IRS Code 501(c)3; have an official relationship with local government (ie a school, park district or city); or have a fiscal sponsor that meets either of these two qualifications.
  • Grants shall only be awarded to those who have submitted a complete application with all information requested on the application provided.
  • Organizations who have received a grant in previous years must have submitted their post-grant report before being considered for new grants.
  • Grants to municipalities must have a letter of support from the governing board of that entity.
  • Grants shall be awarded to organizations and/or projects within Ransom County with priority given to projects that serve the community of Lisbon
  • Each grants will be considered annually.  Multi-year commitments (pledges) shall not be awarded.
  • Grants to religious organizations shall be limited to those activities which are non-denominational and serve the entire community.
  • The Lisbon Community Endowment Fund will accept applications twice a year.  Applications are due by April 1 and October 1 to be eligible for that grant cycle.  Applicants will be notified within 30 days of these deadlines as to Advisory Committee decisions.

To Apply: Download application form and send completed form to:

Jason Enger
622 Main Street, P.O. Box 273
Lisbon, ND 58054

The Lisbon Public Library has received numerous grants from the Lisbon Community Endowment Fund over the years for a variety of programs, building renovations, and supplies.

Grants Awarded in Spring 2017:

  • Hospice of the Red River Valley - $1,000 for bereavement services
  • CHI Lisbon Health - $2,000 for security enhancements
  • Lisbon Public School District #19 - $700 Dolly Parton's Imagination Library for books to children in Ransom County ages birth to 5 yrs
  • McLeod Historical Preservation Society - $1,000 to re-roof the McLeod Depot
  • Lisbon Pool Preservers - $10,000 for Phase II, Flume Water Slide
  • Lisbon Public Library - $12,000 for Phase I, Air conditioners & book lease program
  • CHI Health Connect at Home, Mercy Hospice - $1,000 for grief, bereavement & granting wish program
  • Ransom County Food Pantry - $3,000 to purchase perishable and non-perishable food items
  • Abuse Resource Network - $3,000 for emergency needs and counseling services
  • Lisbon Community Vacation Bible School - $1,000 to support Lisbon non-denominational Community Vacation Bible School
  • Lisbon Boy Scout Troop 523 - $600 for camping supplies and tents for summer camp
  • Lisbon Public School District #19 - $1,000 for a new Pole Vault pit
  • Lisbon Public School District #19 - $500 for Lisbon Middle School Store
  • Lisbon Public School District #19 - $1,800 Milk Scholarship Fund
  • Lisbon Public School District #19 - $500 toward skateboard park renewal
  • Ransom County SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) - $528 for CPR/AED training and Valley Paintball
  • Lisbon Rec Board - $1,750 to purchase a lawn tractor
  • City of Lisbon - $6,500 for Lisbon Main Street Beautification Project



Grants Awarded in Fall of 2017:

  • Abuse Resource Network - $2,000 for outreach/prevention & victim services
  • CHI Health Connect at Home, Mercy Hospice - $1,000 for Ransom County We Honor Veterans Program
  • Lisbon Fire Department - $5,000 for Fire Hall Community Room
  • Ransom County Food Pantry - $3,000 for Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Baskets
  • Lisbon Girl Scouts - $1,500 to replenish camping supplies
  • Lisbon Gymnastics Program - $4,500 to purchase an enclosed trailer
  • CHI Lisbon Health - $5,208 to purchase a stroke gurney
  • Lisbon Public Library - $2,200 for the book lease program
  • Lisbon Bissell Golf Club - $2,000 to make bathroom accessible
  • Lisbon Public School District #19 - $1,800 for Milk Scholarships to low income families
  • Lisbon Civic and Commerce - $2,000 for the Lisbon Civic & Commerce Growth Project
  • Missouri Slope Areawide United Way - $610 for United Way Backpack Program
  • South Valley Multi-District Special Education Preschool - $1,000 for supplies and learning tools
  • Lisbon Opera House Foundation - $5,000 for repairs to front of building
  • Ransom County SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) - $1,200 for an educational speaker
  • Oakwood Cemetery - $3,000 for a Weatherize Cemetery Workshop
  • Lisbon Public School District #19 - $4,400 for STEM resources & cabinet for kindergarten
  • Lisbon Public School District #19 - $600 for SmartLab Tshirts
  • Lisbon Public School District #19 - $570 for Elementary MTSS Team Book Study



Grants Awarded in 2016:

  • Hospice of the Red River Valley - $1,000 for bereavement service offerings
  • Ransom County Food Pantry - $3,000 to replace windows
  • CHI Health at Home - $1,000 for the We Honor Veterans Program
  • Lisbon Recreation Board - $1,000 to purchase new athletic uniforms
  • Abuse Resource Network - $1,500 for outreach programs
  • Lisbon Public Library - $3,000 for Library book betterment for patrons
  • Lisbon Fire Department - $2,750 for a Widlad truck radio & front bumper
  • Lisbon Pool Preservers - $3,000 for the Pool Reinvestment Project, Phase I
  • Lisbon Youth Activities, Inc. - $2,500 for a springboard floor for the Lisbon Gymnastics Program
  • Lisbon High School - $600 to paint a restricted area arc on gymnasium floor
  • Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (Lisbon School) - $1,200 to provide free books to children 0-5 yrs
  • Lisbon Elementary School - $3,000 for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
  • Lisbon Public School - $800 for the Milk Scholarship Fund for underprivileged youth
  • Lisbon High School - $600 for a marching band banner





Other Funds Managed by NDCF in Lisbon

Lewis Lilyquist Memorial Scholarship The Fund was established in 1981 in memory of Lewis Lilyquist to financially assist graduating seniors from the Lisbon, ND High School. The award will be made in the fall of each year.

Lisbon Dollars For Scholars Fund:  Established in 1991 to support the Lisbon area High School students.

Lisbon Kiwanis Leadership Fund:  Established in 1992 to support the Kiwanis leadership program.

Lisbon Public Library Fund:  Established in 1991 to support the Lisbon Public Library