Farm Credit Announces Latest Grants to Support Western North Dakota Communities

A gravel road cuts through fields with oil wells in North Dakota
31 May 2024

Farm Credit organizations in western North Dakota today announced 19 grants totaling $422,940.37 to worthy programs that will improve lives in local communities through the Rural Community Grant Fund. 

The fund was established as a partnership between AgCountry Farm Credit Services and Farm Credit Services of Mandan – the two largest providers of agricultural loans in western North Dakota – and AgriBank, their St. Paul, Minn.-based funding bank, to help communities impacted by mineral development.

“AgCountry Farm Credit Services is proud to provide grant funds to these worthy organizations for projects that strengthen our rural communities,” says Marc Knisely, executive vice president AgCountry Business Development. “The Rural Community Grant Fund remains strong and continues to support local projects that improve programs and resources in oil impacted areas,” he adds.

Grants support critical community needs such as health, safety and emergency services. The latest grants include:

$50,000 to Connect Medic Clinic for a medical clinic expansion
$50,000 to Bowbells Ambulance Service for an ambulance
$45,000 to Richardton Healthcare Foundation for a resident mobility van
$34,058 to Mercer County Sheriff for special response team equipment
$30,000 to Divide County Sheriff’s Department for a patrol vehicle
$30,000 to Renville County Sheriff’s Office for video equipment upgrade
$30,000 to Burke County Sheriff’s Office to outfit a new patrol vehicle
$25,000 to Williston State College Foundation for a certified medical assistant training program
$25,000 to Lansford Community Betterment Enterprise for a community building renovation
$15,270 to Billings County Ambulance Service for training equipment
$15,000 to St. Luke’s Medical Center for a medication dispensing system
$15,000 to Minot Rural Fire Protection District for radio communication equipment
$10,000 to Bowbells Area Development Corporation for a heating system upgrade
$10,000 to Ward County Dive Team for a search and rescue pontoon
$10,000 to Lignite Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. for rescue tools
$9,000 to City of Glenburn for a warning siren
$7,500 to Columbus Rural Fire Protection District, Inc. for electrical upgrades
$6,600 to Portal International Fire Department for turnout gear
$5,512 to Community Ambulance Service, Inc. for a station emergency radio

The Rural Community Grant Fund is accepting applications for programs that meet the needs of local communities impacted by expanded mineral exploration and production in western North Dakota. Interested parties should apply at, or by October 31, 2024.