Pipe Organ Fund

Churches in North Dakota can apply for funding to repair, maintain or build a pipe organ through the Howell Pipe Organ Fund.

A component fund of the FM Area Foundation

Orlee Howell of Jamestown, North Dakota, has established the Howell Pipe Organ Fund to provide support for pipe organs in churches throughout North Dakota. 

Orlee has always had a love for the complex choral sound of church pipe organs. She repaired them herself as a young woman, and later she and her late husband, Vernon, made their shared musical interest a hobby, seeking out and restoring the often-historic instruments. The Howell Pipe Organ Fund was created as a permanent endowment to ensure the continuation of the music Orlee so enjoys. 

All churches in North Dakota are eligible to apply for a grant to support their pipe organ instruments. Grants will be awarded for the construction, installation or refurbishing of pipe organs in churches.

How to apply for funding

Eligible churches may apply for grant funds for pipe organs by submitting the grant application form along with the required attachments listed below. 

  • Grant application form.
  • A description of the project for which you are requesting funds. Please include a description of the pipe organ including: number of ranks, manufacturer and year of manufacture. 
  • A budget for the pipe organ project. Include expected sources of revenue and expenses.
  • A brief history of your church and a summary of the occasions for which the pipe organ is to be (or will be) used.

Submit your application documents to lexi@areafoundation.org with the subject line: Howell Pipe Organ Fund Application, or mail it to the FM Area Foundation at 409 7th St. S, Fargo, ND 58103.

Applications for the Howell Pipe Organ Fund will be accepted at any time.