New England Community Foundation

About the New England Community Foundation

Ishmael & Rose Diede's invite others to "Leave a Legacy" for their community

Established in 2012 through the Ishmael & Rose Diede estate, the New England Community Foundation is a permanent endowment fund that will support our community for years to come. Earnings from the fund are given as grants to support nonprofit projects or programs in the New England area that work to improve our community and quality of life. 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 New England 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.

Advisory Committee

Kristi Madler
Patti Schatz
Keith Witte
Shannay Witte (Chairperson)
Jason Jung
Shari Wolf
Cheryl Mellmer



or click here for John Heinen at the North Dakota Community Foundation.


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  at NDCF for more information: or 701-590-4614. 
  • Grants shall be awarded to organizations within the New England community. 
  • Grants to religious organizations shall be limited to those activities which are non-denominational and serve the entire community. 
  • Application forms will be available online at 
  • Applications shall be due no later than April 30 of each year. Extensions may be granted at the discretion of the Advisory Committee. 
  • Approved grant requests may be funded in full or partially, at the discretion of the Advisory Committee. 

Funding Priorities 
High Priority 

  • Organizations that serve Youth, Senior Citizens, Leadership, and Community Development 
  • Projects or programs that benefit a greater number of residents 
  • Requests that demonstrate applicant will seek or has secured other funding sources 

Low Priority 

  • Requests for multiple-year funding Requests for operating funds or day-to-day expenses 

The following will NOT be considered: 

  • Requests for grants or scholarships for individuals 


Grants Awarded since the start of the fund

Local Committee Handing out Grant Money
  • New England Community Renovation Project, Inc. -  Memorial Hall Renovation Project:  $4,000
  • New England Public School - The After-Prom Party:  $700
  • New England Public School - Volleyball Equipment:  $1,200








Memorial Hall

The North Dakota Community Foundation also administers the following funds in this area. For more information about these funds, or if you are interested in establishing a fund to support this community, please contact our office.

Alfred Klewin Memorial Scholarship
The fund was established in 1980 in memory of Alfred Klewin by his family. Mr. Klewin was a prominent farmer/rancher in the Amidon area and a long time member of the Farmers Union. The scholarship will assist a graduating senior from New England, Bowman, Scranton or Rhame pursuing an agri-business education at some post-secondary institution in North Dakota.

Ishmael & Rose Diede Scholarship for New England
Established with a gift from the estate of Ishmael Diede, this permanent endowment fund will be used to provide scholarships to high school students in Hettinger & Western Morton Counties.

Ishmael & Rose Diede Charitable Fund
Established in 2012, the fund will support qualified projects/organizations in western Morton County and Hettinger County, North Dakota. The fund will also support scholarship grants to students graduating from western Morton County and Hettinger County high schools.

New England Library Fund
Established in 1993 to support the New England Library.

Please find attached various materials which you can download for your own or to pass along to a family member or friend. Help get the word out about the fund, helps the fund grow and serve the community in a bigger way. Any questions please refer to the contact page to contact a committee member. Thank you!

Community Report 2017

Community Report 2016

Marketing Brochure