Community Building

Fostering initiatives that strengthen community

We invest in our local communities so they can endure as places where future generations will continue to live, work and thrive.

In Cass and Clay counties, the FM Area Foundation has been engaging and funding initiatives that make a positive impact by helping find innovative solutions to local challenges. When we build strong communities, we connect and feel part of something unique and special. We learn, engage, share, motivate and inspire. 

More than $4.8 million given in the past 10 years to projects that encourage community building.

Grantee Stories

These are just a few examples of how our generous donor’s gifts are being put to work in the community through our grantees.

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Fargo-Moorhead Coalition for Homeless Persons Receives Grant for Housing Solutions Project

The FM Coalition for Homeless Persons works in partnership to achieve permanent solutions to prevent, reduce and end homelessness.

A grant for $11,726 provided support of the Housing Solutions Project. This program builds on the Coordinated Assessment, Referral and Evaluation Systems (CARES) project by providing housing navigation, relationship building, and support services to men and women with sign…

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Homeward Animal Shelter Receives Grant for Veterinary Care

Homeward Animal Shelter is a local and community-funded animal shelter. Its mission is “Rescue. Shelter. Protect. Rehome.”

Each year, hundreds of animals come into the care of the Homeward Animal Shelter needing veterinary care at the time of arrival. Basic veterinary care, such as vaccinations and examinations are performed on all animals, along with any necessary testing. In addition, all animals six…

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Lake Agassiz Habitat For Humanity Receives Grant for 2015 Community Build

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

The 2015 Community Build was a Habitat Home built alongside and for a single mom and her daughter. Before this home, they were living in a rental that was unsafe and unhealthy. The daughter, suffering from asthma, had to go to the doctor many times due to mold in their home. Wi…

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Grant Recipients

  • Community Building Grant Recipients 2016

    Organization Name Project Name
    Lutheran Social Services Youth Court Lutheran Social Services Youth Court
    Outdoor Adventure Foundation Outdoor Dreams come true
    GFMEDC Entrepreneurial Resource Navigator
    Homeward Animal Shelter Veterinary Care for 175 Animals
    New Consortium for Wellness Program Coordinator
    FM Trailbuilders Mountain Bike Trail Development
    Audubon Dakota Urban Woods Prairie Initiative
    First Link Mental Health Training
  • Community Building Grant Recipients 2015

    Organization Name Project Name
    Fargo Moorhead Coalition for Homeless Persons Housing Solutions Project
    Audubon Dakota Urban Woods and Prairies Initiative (UWP)
    Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota Lutheran Social Services Youth Court
    Legacy Children’s Foundation Madison Skate/Bike Park
    Fraser, Ltd. Transitional Youth Services
    GiGis Playhouse GiGi’s Playhouse Family Area
    Human Society Inc. (DBA Homeward Animal Shelter) Veterinary Care
    HOPE, Inc. General Operation
    CCRI, Inc. 5th Annual CCRI Prom
    Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity 2015 Habitat for Humanity Homes
    Fargo Moorhead Fencing Club Fargo Moorhead Fencing Club Equipment Enhancement Project
    Hickson Lutheran Church Church Exterior Sign Project