Farm Credit makes grants to support western North Dakota communities

Farm Credit organizations in western North Dakota announced 16 grants totaling $121,782 to worthy programs that will improve lives in local communities through the Rural Community Grant Fund.

The fund was established as a partnership between Farm Credit Services of Mandan and Farm Credit Services of North Dakota – the two largest providers of agricultural loans in western North Dakota – and AgriBank Farm Credit Bank, their St. Paul, Minn.-based funding bank, to help communities impacted by mineral development.

“The Rural Community Grant Fund has provided grants to support these organizations that strengthen our local communities,” says Claude Sem, CEO – Farm Credit Services of ND. “We are proud to help provide them with funds for projects and programs that enhance our rural communities impacted by oil exploration,” he adds.

Grants support critical community needs such as healthcare, safety, access to housing, education and economic development. The latest grants include:

– $15,000 to City of Medora Fire Department for breathing apparatuses

– $10,000 to Amidon Fire Protection District for fire truck

– $10,000 to McKenzie County Veterans Services for Watford City Memorial Veterans Park

– $10,000 to Mountrail County Disaster Emergency Services for sirens

– $10,000 to St. Luke’s Hospital for therapeutic infusion administration project

– $10,000 to Williston Rural Fire Department for tanker/pumper truck

– $8,391 to Portal International Fire Department to replace water tender/tanker vehicle

– $8,391 to Powers Lake Volunteer Rural Fire Protection District for tanker truck

– $7,500 to Dickinson Area Community Foundation for Friendship Park

– $7,500 to Kenmare Housing Corporation for repairs and renovation

– $5,000 to ABLE, Inc. for two wheelchair accessible minivans

– $5,000 to Home On The Range for evaluation and stabilization wing

– $5,000 to James Memorial for renovations

– $5,000 to New England Lions Club for Lions Park renovations

– $2,500 to Bowbells Senior Citizens (a.k.a. Bowbells Community Club) for kitchen renovation

– $2,500 to North Dakota Safety Council for safety training tower

The Rural Community Grant Fund is accepting applications for programs that meet the needs of communities in western North Dakota. Interested parties should apply at, or by April 30.