Stanley Area Community Foundation

About the Stanley Area Community Foundation

The Stanley Area Community Foundation was established in 2008 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 Stanley 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 Stanley  Area 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

Grace Lystad (Chair)
Wayne E. Johnson
Doug Kinnoin
Dan Lindberg
Donald Longmuir
Jenny Gaaskjolen
Abbey Ruland
Ashley Skarsgard
Ray Schepp


Grace Lystad
PO Box 154
Stanley, ND 58784

(701) 628-3253 Send an Email

or the committee at or (701)-595-0039 please leave a message if someone does not answer and we will call you back as quickly as we can.

or contact John Heinen at the North Dakota Community Foundation or (701) 590-4614


Please click on the links below to view a copy of articles regarding the foundation.

Granting News in 2016 (Click here)

Making 1M Newspaper Article (click here)

Apply for a Grant from the Stanley Area Community Foundation

  • Grants shall be awarded only to those organizations designated by the IRS Code as 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt groups, or government agencies. 
  • Grants shall be awarded to organizations within Stanley and surrounding communities, as determined by the Advisory Committee. 
  • Grants to religious organizations will be limited to those activities which are non-denominational and serve the entire community. 
  • Applications shall be due September 25 of each year. The deadline may be extended at the discretion of the Advisory Committee. 

Funding Priorities 
High Priority

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



Download an application form, and return completed application to:

          Stanley Area Community Foundation
          PO Box 154
          Stanley, ND 58784

QUESTIONS: office phone (701) 595-0039 or email


ONLINE APPLICATION CLICK HERE:  Fill out completely since form does not save information if you navigate away from the page. A copy will be sent to the committee once you hit sent.


CLICK HERE TO OPEN ONLINE GRANT REPORT: Reports must be fill out 6 months after receiving a grant to be considered for future grants. Be sure to fill out completely since form does not save information. An email will be sent to you once you hit save.

Awarded Grants 2015

2013 grant recpients

Montrail Country Health Emergency Room Expansion 
Sibyl Center for Life Enrichment
Golden Age Club
Public Schools
--5th and 6th Grade Football Uniforms
--Playground Equipment
Blue Jays Sports Complex
Stanley Public Library
Flickertail Village and Museum
Stanley Fire Department: New Bunk Gear
Stanley Ambulance: New Vehicle     
Park Board: New Playground Equipment
Montrail County Social Services: Foster Care Appreciation Event
Domestic Violence NW
Montrail Medical Center: Portable Ultra Sound for ER      
Golden Age Center: New Lights
Sibyl Center: Children and Ladies Program
Stanley Parks and Rec: Baseball/Softball Field
Ina Mae Rude/Fitness Center: Aquatic Equipment

The North Dakota Community Foundation also administers the following funds in the Stanley area.

Einar & Helma Septon Memorial Scholarship

The fund was established in 1991 by Richard D. Septon and Avis K. (Septon) Monson in memory of their parents, Einar & Helma Septon. This scholarship will only assist students who have chosen to attend Concordia College, Moorhead, MN. 

Annie's House Building Fund

The Annie's House Fund was established in 2011 to support the work of building the Annie's House at the Bottineau Winter Park. Annie’s House will provide an integrated, adaptive ski facility and program to accommodate the special needs of disabled children and young adults. Details may be found here Annie's House

Torrey & Lillian Peterson Endowment Fund

Established in 2002 by Chad M. Peterson. The purpose of the fund is to support worthwhile charitable programs in Stanley, ND.

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!


ANNUAL REPORT 2016 Provides details on committee, granting and gifting activity for the year.