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Farm Credit Announces Latest Grants to Support Western North Dakota Communities

Applications for new grants being sought through April 30

St. Paul, Minn., Jan. 26, 2016 – Today Farm Credit organizations in western North Dakota announced more than $430,000 in grants to local communities through the Rural Community Grant Fund.

The grants provide much-needed resources for non-profits focused on improving the lives of area residents. With these funds, individuals with developmental disabilities at the ABLE group home in Dickinson will have a new elevator. At-risk youth in Minot and Sentinel Butte will benefit from grants to Home on the Range and the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. The women’s shelter in Beulah will be able to care for more people in crisis situations. And firefighters in Tolley, Bowbells and Portal will have access to the equipment they need to keep their communities safe.

The fund was established as a partnership between Farm Credit Services of Mandan and Farm Credit Services of North Dakota – 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 oil development. Through the fund, Farm Credit provides grants to support infrastructure or development initiatives encompassing housing projects, medical facilities, health, safety and environmental programs, and other critical needs.

 The latest grants include:

  • $50,000 to ABLE Inc. for an elevator in a group home serving individuals with developmental disabilities in Dickinson
  • $50,000 to the Tolley Fire Department to replace an outdated pumper truck needed to fight fires
  • $50,000 to the Northwest Landowners Association to help landowners in oil country
  • $46,200 to Mercy Medical Center to replace patient beds in the Medical Surgical Unit in Williston
  • $40,000 to the McKenzie County Healthcare Systems Inc. for an infant warmer and other lab equipment in Watford City
  • $25,000 to the Powers Lake Rural Fire Protection District for a new rescue/extrication vehicle used during vehicle accidents and building fires
  • $25,000 to the Home On The Range to help at risk children and teenagers learn how to lead happy and productive lives in Sentinel Butte
  • $25,000 to the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation to integrate science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) into instruction for at-risk youth in Minot
  • $25,000 to Crosby Kids Daycare for a  new childcare facility to meet community demand
  • $15,000 to Mercer County Women’s Action and Resource Center to increase the capacity of the shelter to meet growing need in Beulah
  • $9,999 to the Bowbells Fire Department for the purchase of protective gear for firefighters
  • $9,833 to the Portal International Fire Department for firefighter equipment and training
  • $1,700 to the Minot Commission on Aging for a program that will ensure emergency responders have quick access to critical medical information for elderly residents

 The Rural Community Grant Fund is accepting applications for work to meet the needs of communities in western North Dakota. Interested parties should apply before April 30 at or

 Grants will support critical community needs that improve health, safety, access to housing, education, economic development and other important needs.


AgriBank is one of the largest banks within the national Farm Credit System, with more than $90 billion in total assets. Under the Farm Credit System’s cooperative structure, AgriBank is primarily owned by 17 affiliated Farm Credit Associations. The AgriBank District covers America’s Midwest, a 15-state area stretching from Wyoming to Ohio and Minnesota to Arkansas. About half of the nation’s cropland is located within the AgriBank District, providing the Bank and its Association owners with expertise in production agriculture. For more information, visit


Farm Credit Services of North Dakota is a member-owned agricultural credit association providing loans to farmers and ranchers for real estate, machinery, livestock and operating needs. FCS of ND also offers life and disability and crop insurances to the rural community. FCS of ND serves 17 counties in northwest North Dakota through eight branch offices located in Minot, Bottineau, Carrington, Rugby, and Williston, including Bowbells Crop Insurance (Bowbells), Schaan Crop Insurance (Rugby) and Ward County Crop Insurance (Minot). For more information, visit


In addition to operating and real estate loans, Farm Credit Services of Mandan offers agribusiness financing, livestock and equipment loans, leasing services, tax and payroll services, crop, forage and livestock insurance, life and disability insurance, stock financing for energy, feed, or food processing and a cash patronage program. Farm Credit Services of Mandan is a member-owned agricultural financing cooperative that serves a twenty-county area in southwest North Dakota, with full-time offices in Beulah, Bowman, Carson, Dickinson, Mandan, Mott, Washburn, and Wishek. For more information, visit

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