Lifting lives through learning

Grant Round Open Feb. 16-March 30. 

Education creates opportunities, and with each new learning experience we gain more tools to succeed personally and professionally. There are countless avenues for learning that lead to successful futures, and we believe bright futures begin with a strong educational foundation.

More than $7.8 million invested into the education of our community members.

The FM Area Foundation also offers financial assistance through scholarships. Learn more about our unique scholarship opportunities.

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.


Haley’s Hope, Inc. Receives Grant for Advancing Curriculum with Differentiated Study Skills

Haley’s Hope is a nonprofit dedicated to guiding individuals affected by dyslexia through a comprehensive approach of screening, early intervention, education and advocacy.

After returning from training at Landmark in Massachusetts, Haley’s Hope implemented the Master Notebook program with two students who have had significant struggles with time and material organization. They were both eager to lear…

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YWCA Cass Clay Receives Grant for Shelter Children’s Services

The YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

The YWCA’s comprehensive approach to supportive services allows women to focus on their goals and removes one of the most common barriers to success-childcare. Located within the shelter, Shelter Children’s Services (SCS) includes licensed childcare for 29 children. SCS Childcare servi…

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The Longspur Prairie Fund Receives Grant for The First Ever Bee Hunt and Pollinator Study

The Longspur Prairie Fund fosters the experiences, insights and pleasures found in the native landscapes of the Red River Valley through advocacy, education and conservation.

The 2015 Bee Hunt and Pollinator Study was a two part program based on two levels of community engagement.

Part 1 – The First Ever LPF Bee Hunt – was a public outreach/public education program designed to raise awareness re…

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Grant Recipients

  • Education Grant Recipients 2017

    Organization Name Project Name
    Boys & Girls Club of the Red River Valley STEM Curriculum Support
    Dakota Boys & Girls Ranch Dakota Memorial School Balanced Learning Environment
    Family Wellness Healthy Cooking in the Classroom Program
    Imagine Thriving Mental Health Literacy
    Inspire Innovation Lab General Operating Support
    Latter Rain Ministries P's & Q's Etiquette-Leadership Girls & Boys
    Learn N' Move Creative Movements Build Creative Minds
    Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Immigrant Computer Skills Training School
    Red River Valley Asperger Autism Network Positioning RRVAN to Take Leadership
    Minnesota State University Moorhead K-12 Summer Camp Scholarships
    The Learning Bank General Operating Support
    Longspur Prairie Fund Pollinator Study and 3rd Annual Bee Hunt
    Tudeako Group Ready? Get Set! Go Back to School Day
  • Education Grant Recipients 2016

    Organization Name Project Name
    Access of the Red River Valley Michael Czichotzki Learning Center
    Afro America Development Association New American’s Self Sufficient Project
    Fargo Air Museum Education Program Expansion
    Fargo Moorhead Fencing Club Fargo Moorhead Fencing Club Education and Equipment Project
    FM Coalition for Homeless Persons FM Coalition for Homeless Persons: Education Empowering Our Community
    Girl Scouts – Dakota Horizons Girl Scouts Career Day
    Haley’s Hope I-AM, Individual Academic Mentoring
    Hope-Page High School Hope-Page SmartLab
    Inspire Innovation Lab Inspire Innovation Lab Operational Support
    Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest Junior Achievement Elementary Classroom Program
    Latter Rain Ministries P’s & Q’s Etiquette
    Legacy Children’s Foundation Legacy Children’s Foundation, Academic Coaching
    Mind Shift Fargo/Moorhead ASD Workforce Information
    NDsu – Upward Bound NDSU-TRIO Upward Bound Tutoring and Family Programming
    North Dakota State College of Science Foundation Skills Development Project – NDSCS Fargo
    Red River Valley Asperger-Autism Network Supporting Families and Developing Social Skills for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
    The Learning Bank The Learning Bank: The 2016-2017 Performing Arts Program
    West Central Initiative Culturally Specific Child Care
  • Education Grant Recipients 2015

    Organization Name Project Name
    Red River Zoo Children’s Zoo Farm and Nature’s Legendary Playground – Nature State
    Refugee Consortium of North Dakota Language Exchange
    March of Dimes North Dakota Chapter March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program
    Lake Agassiz Regional Library Computers for the Community
    Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest Junior Achievement Classroom Program
    YWCA Cass Clay Shelter Children’s Services
    Moorhead Police Department Safe Road Coalition Clay County Safe Roads Coalition
    College for Kids & Teens MSUM College for Kids and Teens
    Barnesville Public Schools Summer Recreation Scholarships
    The Longspur Prairie Fund The Longspur Prairie Fund’s 2015 Pollinator Study and 1st Annual Bee Hunt