Community Foundation Grants

For years, the Community Foundation has been making a significant impact in the lives of area residents through our grant making process. Arts and culture, the Greenway, human rights, economic stability for women, sports opportunities, and leadership opportunities are just some of a myriad of ways the Community Foundation works to improve the quality of life in the region.

The Community Foundation distributes 5% of its endowment funds annually to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations throughout the region. Non-profits can apply for funding from funds held at the Community Foundation through a competitive grant-making process:

***The Community Foundation is using new Donor Grant Software for 2017. Click the “Register Here” button to receive access to our portal for the upcoming grant cycle. The announcement of grants occurred on July 21, 2017 with the deadline for proposal submission August 25, 2017. Call or e-mail the office with any questions you may have. Thank you.***

Community Foundation Opportunity Funds
Women's Fund
CF Knight Foundation Fund

The Knight Foundation Fund supports the success of our communities through investments that attract, retain and harness talent; that expand opportunity by increasing entrepreneurship and economic mobility; and that support civic infrastructure to accelerate the growth of ideas and bring people from diverse social and economic backgrounds together.

Promoting civic innovation and robust engagement will enable our communities to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

We want our investments to inspire the actions of residents in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks and help us build a better democracy and a successful future.

Talent:  Knight Foundation invests in residents, immigrants and entrepreneurs as economic growth, job creation and neighborhood revitalization drivers. 

Place: Knight Foundation invests in places that are primed to accelerate talent and opportunity.

Civic Innovation: Knight Foundation invests in innovation in governance and civic capacity.

Places that accelerate talent and opportunity:

  • Connect assets and people
  • Attract and retain talent
  • Foster economic integration
  • Result in a change that can be felt in the near term
  • Incorporate quality design and new tools or technologies
  • Respond and are authentic to the community
  • Are sustainable
  • Leverage public and private partners and enhance market potential

Critical Questions
Does this investment:

  • Represent a true innovation? Have the ability to be breakthrough or transformative?
  • Accelerate learning and the exchange of ideas?
  • Have a champion equipped to execute?
  • Have a path toward sustainability or completion?
  • Promote retention and attraction of talent?
  • Enhance opportunity and economic mobility?
  • Incorporate opportunities for robust citizenship and/or engagement?
  • Result in a change that can be seen or felt in the near term?

The application deadline for CF Knight Foundation Fund Grants is August 25, 2017.

Award Date 2017 TBA 

If you have any questions please e-mail The Community Foundation

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