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BisMan Mini Grant

Guidelines & Information

Organizations that do not wish to apply for the SuperGrant may apply for a Mini Grant of up to $5,000. In 2019, the BisMan Community Foundation intends to award 3 grants of up to $5,000, in addition to the SuperGrant.

  • Grants shall be awarded only to those organizations designated by the IRS as 501(c)(3) nonprofit groups, or government agencies (such as, but not limited to: public schools, public libraries, or park districts). 

  • Grants shall be awarded to organizations within the cities of Bismarck and Mandan, and Burleigh and Morton counties.

  • Grants to religious organizations shall be limited to those activities which are non-denominational and serve the entire community (e.g. food pantry, community daycare center, homeless shelter).

  • Only one (1) request per organization per year will be considered. Organizations applying for a SuperGrant in the same year will not be considered for a Mini Grant.

  • Deadline for submissions is July 1 of each year.

Grant priorities:

  • BisMan Community Foundation does not have a narrow area of focus. The Advisory Committee looks at each project on its merits.

  • The Foundation does not make multi-year grant commitments.

  • Emphasis is placed on helping applicants who have limited access to other sources of funding.

  • A low priority will be given to projects already substantially supported by government, or which, in the opinion of the Advisory Committee, can and should be provided for by taxes.

  • Grants for operating funds will receive a low priority except for temporary emergency or transitional circumstances.

  • Grants to national organizations will receive a low priority.

  • Grants will be denied to organizations and projects that exist to influence legislation, carry on propaganda, participate in political campaigns, or which threaten to cause significant controversy or divisiveness.

  • A low grant priority will be given to those organizations which field substantial fundraising each year with paid and volunteer staff.

  • Grants are not made to individuals.


Past Grant Recipients

Abused Adult Resource Center

Aid, Inc.

Bismarck Art & Galleries Association

Charles Hall Youth Services

Dakota Children's Advocacy Center

Dakota Media Access

Great Plains Food Bank - Bismarck

Guardian & Protective Services, Inc.

Hope Manor

Library Foundation, Inc.

Northern Plains Ballet

Rebuilding Together Greater Bismarck-Mandan Area

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Bismarck

Ruth Meiers Hospitality House

Sleepy Hollow Theater & Arts Park

The Village Family Service Center

Tracy's Sanctuary House

Wing Public School

Wing Theatre

Youthworks