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 2019


    Organization Name Project Name
    Audubon Dakota Education and Engagement Program Expansion
    Barnesville Ambulance LUCAS 3
    Diamond in the Ruff Pet Rescue Coffee and Cuddles
    FM Coalition for Homeless Persons Changing Attitudes About Homelessness
    Glyndon Lutheran Church Emergency Food Pantry
    Hope Blooms Operational Support
    Hopeful Heart Project Hope Gifts
    Homeward Animal Shelter Volunteer and Foster Program Supplies and Training
    Impact Foundation Fargo United
    Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota Youth Court Programming
    Jail Chaplains Living Free Small Group Program
  • Community Building Grant Recipients 2018

    Organization Name Project Name
    4 Luv of Dog Rescue Veterinary Expenses-4DX Testing
    Audubon Dakota Urban Woods and Prairies Initiative-Moorhead, MN
    Barnesville Area Helpers Educate, Enrich, Engage & Empower the Elderly
    Clay County Public Health ReThink Mental Health: Building Compassionate Schools
    Face It Together Fm General Operating Support
    Great Rides Fargo Helping People Find the Joy of Riding a Bike
    Hope Blooms Project Hope Blooms
    Lutheran Social Services of ND  Youth Court
  • Community Building Grant Recipients 2017

    Organization Name Project Name
    Lutheran Social Services of ND Youth Court
    Fargo Little League Start-Up Little League for Children with Disabilities
    Immigrant Development Center General Operating Support
    Lutheran Social Services of MN LSS_EFS Moorhead
    Clay County Public Health ReThink Mental Health: Building Compassionate Childcare, Schools and Youth Programs
    Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Veterans Still Serving America-The History of the American Legion in Clay County
    Audubon Dakota Urban Woods and Prairies Initiative
    F5 Project F5 Housing First Project
    NDSU Pharmacist Engagement in the Community to Target Opioid Abuse Prevention
    Wilderness Inquiry Canoemobile: Outdoor Community Events