Rolla Community Endowment Fund

About the Rolla Community Endowment Fund

In the fall of 2002, a group of citizens, who were concerned with the lack of funding opportunities for rural areas, came together to create the Rolla Community Endowment Fund.  The Fund is administered by the North Dakota Community Foundation in accordance with their grant making policies. A board of Rolla citizens shall be responsible for local fundraising and issuing of grants. This board shall consist of 6 to 10 persons. Every effort shall be made to maintain a healthy cross-section of persons representing the citizens of Rolla. Board members shall serve a term of two years. New members shall be elected at the beginning of the calendar year by the existing board.


Local Advisory Committee

Jim Langseth
Mary Nordmark
Melissa Elick
Barbara Mothershead
Dennis Neameyer
Hovi Mitchell
Gary Dawson
George Youngerman (Ex-Officio Member)


Jim Langseth
PO Box 1200
Rolla, ND 58367


Email Jim

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

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


  • Generally, grants shall not exceed $1,000. Grants will average between $500-$1000.
  • RCEF makes grants only to those organizations designated by the IRS code as 501(c)3 non-profit tax exempt groups or government agencies
  • RCEF does not make grants to individuals
  • Project beneficiaries shall be limited to the city of Rolla
  • RCEF will not provide funding for day-to-day operations
  • Organizations shall limit requests to one per year. Generally, the RCEF shall not award multi-year grants (ie pledges)

In funding decisions, the board will consider:

  • Organizational management and integrity
  • Level of local involvement and community support to include fundraising
  • Degree to which the organization can demonstrate successful or unsuccessful attempts to leverage monies through other granting agencies or programs
  • The number of citizens served and the overall impact on the community
  • Innovative solutions or a new approach to an existing or recurring problem
  • Degree to which the RCEF grant will affect the success of the project

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

Jim Langseth
PO Box 1200
Rolla, ND 58367

Grants Awarded by the Rolla Community Endowment Fund in 2016

  • Rolla Art Council - $1,100 for technical assistance and moving of a mural
  • Rolla Public Library - $1,100 for equipment and updates
  • Rolette County Public Health - $1,100 for remote vaccine monitoring
  • Rolla Family Career and Community Leaders of America - $1,100 for students to attend the National FBLA Meeting
  • City of Rolla Forestry - $1,100 for flowers on Main Street
  • Rolla Volunteer Fire Department - $1,100 to purchase confined space rescue equipment (harnesses and rigging)
  • Rolla Community Day Care Center - $1,100 to improve the outdoor play area
  • Rolla Senior Citizens Club - $1,000 to purchase a commercial meat slicer