About the Oakes Area Community Foundation
Established in 1998 by a grant from Mr. Frank Larson, the Oakes Area Community Foundation is a permanent endowment fund that can support charitable projects in the Oakes area for years to come. Earnings from the fund are given as grants to support nonprofit projects or programs in the area that work to improve our community and quality of life.
The Oakes Area Community Foundation is managed locally by a group of volunteer citizens whose primary activities are building the fund and recommending grants each year.
Local Advisory Committee
The Oakes Area Community Foundation has awarded almost $172,000 in 113 grants since its inception in 1998. Recent grant awards are listed below.
Grants Awarded in 2021:
- Dickey County Master Gardeners - $3,500 Healing Garden
- Growing Small Towns - $1,000 New Dickey County BIO Girls Site
- Oakes Girl Scout Troop 30010 - $5,135 Park Equipment Hockenberry Park
- SRCTS DECA - $7,500 Keep the Blind in Mind
- Tiny Tornadoes - $1,290 Fridge Replacement
Apply for a Grant from the Oakes Area Community Foundation
- Grants shall be awarded to organizations and/or projects within the city of Oakes and a 25 mile radius around the city.
- Generally, grants shall not exceed $1,000
- Grants to religious organizations shall be limited to those activities which are non-denominational and serve the entire community.
- According to IRS guidelines, the Oakes Area Community Foundation shall not make grants to individuals. Organizations receiving a grant must be nonprofit or a government entity, such as a school or park district.
- The Oakes Area Community Foundation will accept grant applications in the fall of each year.
In funding decisions, the Advisory Committee will consider:
- Each project on the merits of the project
- Organizational management and integrity
- Level of local involvement and community support, to include fundraising
- Degree to which the organization can demonstrate successful attempts to leverage monies through other granting agencies or programs
- The number of residents served and the overall impact on the community
- Innovative solutions or a new approach to an existing or recurring problem
- Degree to which the Oakes Area Community Foundation grant will affect the success of the project
Deadline: October 31
New for 2019 and Beyond:
We made it easy for you to apply online for a grant!
Step 1 - Review
Review the grant guidelines above to make sure your organization qualifies.
Step 2 - Register
Create an account on our Grants Portal. You will need your organization’s name, EIN, and executive officer's name. Be sure to write down your user name (email address) and password.
Step 3 – Complete Your Application
After registering or logging in, you will arrive at the application section. Click “Apply” to the right of the grant program to which you wish to apply. You will be able to save your application and return later to complete it.