About the McKenzie County Community Foundation

The McKenzie County Community Foundation was established in 2010 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 McKenzie County. 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 McKenzie County Community Foundation is managed locally by a group of volunteers whose main activities are building the fund and recommending grants annually. 

HELPING US BUILD THE FUND: In order for the fund to have a bigger impact in the community, we invite those in the region to make some sort of a gift. Please refer to the "other information" tab for a report and brochure to find out more. Or please call one of us on the committee. We would be happy to answer any questions.

Local Advisory Committee

Marcia Hellandsaas (Chair) Desiree Sorenson

Jan Dodge Eric Mogan Ty Skarda Deb Wisness Contact Click here: MCKENZIE CO FOUDNATION COMMITTEE

Phone (701) 444-3451
For more information about NDCF contact John Heinen Western ND Development Director john@ndcf.net or 701-590-4614


McKenzie County Community Foundation (MCCF)

C/O NDSU Ext 201 5th St NW Suite 525 Watford, ND 58854

or contact John Heinen  Development Director (701) 590-4614 or john@ndcf.net with the North Dakota Community Foundation Dickinson office.


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 shall be awarded only to those organizations designated by the IRS as 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax exempt groups, or government agencies. Groups without such designation seeking to apply may enlist a fiscal sponsor. Please contact John Heinen at NDCF for more infomration (701) 590-4614 or john@ndcf.net.
  • Grants shall be awarded to organizations that serve McKenzie County residents.
  • Grants to religious organizations shall be limited to those activities which are non-sectarian and serve the entire community.
  • Application forms will be available online at www.NDCF.net/McKenzieCounty.
  • Applications shall be due October 31 of each year. Extensions may be granted and additional grant application deadlines may be added at the discretion of the Advisory Committee.
  • Approved grant requests may be funded in full or partially, at the discretion of the Advisory Committee.
  • Requests for grants or scholarships for individuals will NOT be considered.
  • Requests for operating funds or day-to-day expenses will receive a lower priority.
  • Requests for projects or programs that serve a greater number of community residents will receive higher priority.



McKenzie County Community Foundation (MCCF) C/O NDSU Extension 
201 5th St NW Suite 525
Watford City, ND 58854

(701) 444-3451

QUESTIONS: Email, click here MCCF committee

Grants Given Since Inception

Baaken Ministries --Winter boots for needy --Mower Watford City Parks --Baseball Scholarships

The North Dakota Community Foundation also administers the following funds in McKenzie County:

Connie Wold Wellness Foundation Scholarship
Established by Connie’s husband and daughter in 2009 following Connie’s tragic death in a bicycle/truck accident. Connie was a champion for fitness in the Watford City area. She helped to establish the first Wellness Center in Watford City and taught fitness classes for over 20 years. Connie personally coached/encouraged many to start, maintain, and increase their fitness program. The Connie Wold Wellness Foundation—Scholarship will assist students that embody Connie’s enthusiasm, joy, and commitment to fitness and wellness.

Donna Maston Charitable Fund
The Donna Maston Charitable Fund was established in 2014. The purpose of the fund is to financially assist students from McKenzie County North Dakota to continue their education.

Ray & Lillian Gulbranson Scholarship
The Ray and Lillian Gulbranson Scholarship was established in 2001 by the Last Will and Testament of Hans Raymond Gulbranson in honor of Lars Lee of McKenzie County.The purpose of the Fund is to financially assist McKenzie County students with a preference for Alexander School District students. This scholarship will assist students who will take vocational training courses from a North Dakota based vocational school or curriculum.

Rupert J. Rehberg Scholarship
The Rupert J. Rehberg Scholarship Fund was established as a permanent component fund of the North Dakota Community Foundation by a gift from the Rupert Rehberg Estate in the year 2006. The initial primary purpose of the Fund is to financially assist students from McKenzie County North Dakota to continue their education.

Watford City High School Alumni Scholarship
To honor Sherrie Bendixson Bettenhausen and encourage young people to become great educators, the Watford City High School Class of 1974 set up the Watford City High School Alumni Scholarship Fund to give scholarships to graduating seniors who were planning on pursuing a career in education.

Alexander Public School Foundation Fund
The Alexander Public School Foundation Fund supports the growth and prosperity of the Alexander Public School. Visit the Alexander Public School Foundation site at NDCF.net/AlexanderPSF.

Long X Council on the Arts
Established in 2015 to enrich the lives of Watford City and McKenzie County community members and youth by offering unique opportunities for arts-based development, cultivation and entertainment.

McKenzie County Tornado Relief Fund
To provide relief to the disaster in McKenzie County

Wanda A. Uran-Nelson & Steven D. Nelson Charitable Fund
This fund was established in 2012 to provide support to organizations that fit the philanthropic goals of the Nelson Family.

Please download and email or send to your family and friends as a way to show them what the foundation is going in the community. Thank you!

Marketing Brochure

Annual Report For 2017