Statewide Greatest Needs Guidelines & Application

The North Dakota Community Foundation makes it easy for you to apply online for a grant from our Statewide Greatest Needs program. 

Step 1 - Review

Review the grant guidelines below to make sure your organization qualifies. If you aren’t sure, or if you have questions, please call NDCF at 701-222-8349 or email 

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.

Our Board of Directors will review all applications in September, and you will be notified whether your request was approved or denied. Grant checks are delivered in early October.

Please read all guidelines before submitting an application.
  • NDCF makes grants only to those organizations designated by the IRS Code as 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt groups or government agencies. 
  • Before submitting an application to NDCF seeking financial assistance, please make certain that your organization is eligible for a grant according to the stated tax exempt requirement.
  • Since NDCF serves organizations statewide, grants do not exceed $5,000.
  • Only one request per organization per year.
  • Requests must be submitted on or before July 31st to be considered for funding.


In considering a formal grant request, NDCF will review the following:

  • The composition and commitment of the group’s overseeing body – Board of Directors or Trustees.
  • The organization’s management and fiscal integrity.
  • The possibility of a grant leveraging additional support.
  • The level of local involvement and support.
  • The number of people to be served and the impact of the program on the community.
  • The degree to which the program duplicates or complements the work of other community organizations.
  • The impact of the North Dakota Community Foundation’s grant on the success of the project.


In addition to the above, the following guidelines will be used in the prioritizing of grant requests:

  • NDCF does not have a narrow area of focus. The Board looks at each project on its merits.
  • The Board attempts to be as equitable as practical to the various geographic regions of the state.
  • NDCF does not make multi-year grant commitments. You may submit a new request each year if additional funding is needed.
  • The Board places emphasis on helping applicants that have limited access to other sources of funding.
  • A low priority will be given to projects already substantially supported by government, or which in the opinion of the NDCF Board, can and should be provided for by taxes.
  • Grants for sectarian projects will receive a low priority.
  • Grants to national organizations will receive a low priority.
  • Grants will be denied to organizations and projects that exist to influence legislation, carry on propaganda, participate in political campaigns, or which threaten to cause significant controversy or divisiveness.
  • A low grant priority will be given to those organizations which field substantial fund-raising each year with paid and volunteer staff.
  • Grants are not made to individuals.