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Strengthen ND of Minot has been selected by the Bush Foundation to design and manage a statewide community grants program that will strengthen the impact of community solutions throughout North Dakota.

“The team at Strengthen ND is grateful and motivated to receive the trust and investment of the Bush Foundation to administer a community-led grantmaking program for North Dakota and the Indigenous nations that share our geography” , said Megan Langley Laudenschlager, founder and executive director of Strengthen ND. “Building on our organizational values ​​of ingenuity and meeting people where they are, we hope to work with North Dakotans to cultivate, catalyze and scale pioneering community solutions to some of the most pressing issues. prevalent and most emerging in our state.”

Strengthen ND was selected through a competitive application process by the Bush Foundation because of its deep ties to the communities and people it serves; experience in creating grant-making programs; and commitment to equity and designing programs that work well for organizations led by and serving BIPOC and rural communities.

“The Bush Foundation’s investment highlights the power of local, community-led work to improve people’s lives,” said Laudenschlager. “We couldn’t be more proud to serve as a hub of this work for our friends and neighbors here in North Dakota.”

Over the coming months, Strengthen ND will be engaging its communities to shape their grantmaking programs, including grantmaking criteria, timeline, and application process. On April 7 in Washburn, Strengthen ND will host a Community Solutions and Resources Day, where members of the public are invited to learn more about the final grant program, receive free technical assistance, and network with others. working to improve their communities.

“We are very excited to launch our new community-focused fundraising program, as well as our Communities with Opportunity program on April 7,” said Cher Hersrud, Research & Resource VISTA for Strengthen ND. “In addition, we will have our staff at the event to speak to residents about all of our programs and services, including our Farm Your Future ND resource center, nonprofit certificate program and more. We look forward to amazing conversations and contributions.

To register to attend Community Solutions and Resources Day and to find more information about Strengthen ND, visit the Strengthen ND website at

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