Williston Area Community Foundation

About the Williston Area Community Foundation

The Williston Area Community Foundation was established in 2014. It provides a method of receiving donations and distributing grants to benefit projects or nonprofit organizations in the Williston 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 Williston Area Community Foundation is managed locally by a group of volunteers whose main activities are building the fund and recommending grants annually. 

Local Advisory Committee

Additional members are being added please contact John Heinen if interested or would like to make a referal.


John Heinen at North Dakota Community Foundation in the Dickinson Office (701) 590-4614 or john@ndcf.net



Apply for a Grant from the Williston Area Community Foundation

The Williston Area Community Foundation is expected to begin granting in 2018



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.

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

Elvine Sondreaal Septon Scholarship Fund
The Elvine Sondreaal Septon Scholarship Fund was established by Dean and Betty Winkjer in loving memory of Betty’s mother in the year 2000. 

Marv Rockstad Memorial Scholarship
The Marv Rockstad Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1999 by the Kiwanis Club of Williston in memory of their long-time member Marv Rockstad. Graduating seniors from Williston High School may apply for the scholarship.

Donald B. Sass Scholarship Fund
Established in 1985 by Cleone and the Landman's Association of North Dakota in memory of Donald B. Sass, a noted Williston community leader who was posthumously named 1984 Landman of the Year by the Landman's Association of North Dakota. Applicants must have graduated from a North Dakota High School and in a college/university level field of study relating to the oil and gas industry.

Craig B. & Kathryn J. Oksol Family Charitable Fund
Established in 2011 to support the philanthropic goals of the Oksol Family.

Entertainment, Inc. Fund
Established in 1991 in support of the Entertainment, Inc. of Williston.

ND Parks & Rec Enhancement Fund
The ND Parks & Rec Enhancement Fund is a fund to enhance parks in North Dakota and it is designed to meet needs by funding services not currently provided by ND Parks & Rec, and services which enhance those already provided by ND Parks & Rec.

Young Life North Dakota Fund
The Young Life ND fund was established in 2013 to support the Young Life program in North Dakota. Donations to the fund can be specified for the following different programs across North Dakota. Bismarck, Minot, Williston, Dickinson, Fargo, and Grand Forks.