Guidelines & Timeline

2021 Community Grant Round

The FM Area Foundation's community grand round addresses needs throughout Cass County, North Dakota, and Clay County, Minnesota, and promotes collaborative efforts to improve life in these areas. In 2021, we will have one grant cycle that aligns with our five areas of impact. Organizations will self-select the focus area that best describes the work of their organizations. Please see below for application deadlines. 

The FM Area Foundation will consider grant applications covering a wide rang of community needs with a focus on: 

  • Arts, Culture & Creativity: Inspiring imagination and innovation through arts and culture
  • Basic Human Needs: Building ladders out of poverty
  • Community Building: Fostering initiatives that strengthen the community
  • Education: Lifting lives through learning
  • Women's Fund: Empowering women and children

In response to the ever-changing economic and social environment many of our local nonprofits find themselves in during the ongoing pandemic, we will shift our focus to general operating support and existing program support grants. Flexible funding will be key to the resiliency and success for local nonprofits.

2021 Grant Timeline

Application Opens March 2
Deadline April 13
Evaluation Window April 15 - June 15
Announcement of Awards June 21 - June 25

Find out if you are eligible to apply.

Final Report

Final report forms on awarded 2020 Community Response Fund grants must be submitted prior to submitting a 2021 grant request. You can find the final report by logging into your grantee portal. A follow-up final report will be assigned to you. If awarded a 2021 grant, you will be required to complete a final report by April 2022.