BisMan Community Foundation SuperGrant
Congratulations, Dreams in Motion!
The BisMan Community Foundation awarded its inaugural SuperGrant of $50,000 to Dreams in Motion, a local nonprofit organization that provides competitive and recreational adaptive sports programs critical to the health and well-being of youth and adults with mobility challenges or visual impairments. The grant was awarded at a gathering of Foundation donors, committee members, and community leaders at the Bismarck Mandan Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, October 16.
The grant will be used to expand parasports opportunities for adults with physical and visual impairments, particularly disabled North Dakota veterans. The initial focus will be on three sports: wheelchair basketball, track and field, and sled hockey. To launch the program, Dreams in Motion will need to generate awareness throughout the state, as well as purchase specialized equipment for the athletes to use. Dreams in Motion is the only certified Paralympic club in North Dakota.
“The grant from the BisMan Community Foundation will make it possible for Dreams in Motion to take big steps toward building an adaptive sports community in the Bismarck Mandan area, as well as across the state and region,” said Michael Kaip, Dreams in Motion founder and coach. “These types of opportunities were truly life changing for me, and I am so excited about giving those opportunities to more people. We are thankful for the gift and eager to put it to good use.”
Other representatives from Dreams in Motion included: Carol Beechie, Agatha Geitzen, Nicole Eckroth, Annette Kaip, Hope Magelky, Dawn Seay, and Bruce Klootwyk,
The BisMan Community Foundation Advisory Committee reviewed 33 letters of intent for the SuperGrant and selected 3 for an in-person interview to learn more about the organizations and projects. Advisory Committee members are volunteers who lead fundraising efforts and determine grant awards. Current members include Gina Hruby, Michael Schaff, Doug Herzog, Vicki Kunz, Katie Ash, Ken Hedge, David Mason, and Dot Frank.
“It was a difficult decision,” said Gina Hruby, Chair of the Advisory Committee for the BisMan Community Foundation. “It truly came down to the impact this grant would make for the organization to grow and prosper.”
Established in 2011 as a permanently endowed fund to support nonprofit organizations, governmental projects and programs in the Bismarck, Mandan and surrounding area, the BisMan Community Foundation has awarded 25 grants since its inception, totaling over $191,000, including this year’s SuperGrant.
The Advisory Committee encourages individuals and businesses to support the BisMan Community Foundation. Gifts of $5,000 or more to the endowment fund may be eligible to receive the North Dakota Charitable 40% Income Tax Credit.
“This fund will support Bismarck-Mandan nonprofit organizations in perpetuity,” said Hruby. “When considering a charitable gift, I would encourage our community to support the BisMan Community Foundation endowment.”
The Advisory Committee is excited to announce the new BisMan SuperGrant!
Beginning in 2018, the BisMan Community Foundation, will award one BisMan SuperGrant rather than multiple smaller grants. This year’s award is $50,000.
Eligible applicants are nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and government agencies that serve Bismarck, Mandan and surrounding communities in Burleigh and Morton Counties. Each organization may submit only one application and it must be for a specific project.
Nonprofit organizations that support the citizens of Bismarck, Mandan, and the surrounding communities are encouraged to apply for a grant. Organizations must be a 501(c)(3) or government entity.
How to Apply
This will be a multi-step process. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent by July 1 for consideration. The Advisory Committee will review projects and narrow the list of candidates. Those selected to move on will be asked to provide a full proposal by September 1. The winning BisMan SuperGrant project will be announced on or around October 1. All materials must be submitted online starting April 1. (The online process is still in development. Please check back here after March 1 for the link.)
Past Grant Recipients
Abused Adult Resource Center
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.
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