Funding Process and Guidelines
In general, the PRI-making activities of the Dakota Foundation are limited to non-profit groups in North Dakota and New Mexico whose programs empower people and increase their control over their own economic destinies.
Our resources are available to organizations that serve their constituencies without discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or national origin.
The Dakota Foundation is supportive of organizations that collaborate with other community groups to create broad-based solutions to common issues. It is important to us that a project or program is sustainable, scalable, and that benchmarks and indicators are in place to ensure meaningful and measurable results.
An initial inquiry is required of applicants seeking an investment from the Dakota Foundation. This should be a letter of no more than three typewritten pages from the chair or president of the board of directors, or from the executive director, describing the project to be funded and demonstrating that the proposal fits within the Dakota Foundation's funding guidelines. There are no submission deadlines. Please do not send videotapes, DVDs, binders or other bulky materials.
Foundation staff will review the material and respond within a reasonable time.
If an inquiry falls outside the geographic or programmatic purview of the Dakota Foundation, as set forth on this web site, we will notify the applicant immediately and the inquiry will receive no further consideration.
The initial inquiry letter should include the following information:
- Program or project title
- Purpose and objectives of project for which PRI is sought.
Amount of PRI requested and what it will pay for
Brief background of the organization seeking a PRI
Name and phone number of executive director or other contacts for questions
A list of the board of directors of the applicant organization and evidence that the request is endorsed by the board.
- What will change as a result of this project?
- How will the project generate cash flow sufficient to repay the PRI and ultimately to become self-sustaining?
- Is this project scalable for other organizations that elevate the lives of society's disadvantaged?
In addition, we ask for documentation of the organization's non-profit and tax-exempt status. Please include a copy of the 501 (c) (3) ruling from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
Inquiries should be addressed to:
The Dakota Foundation
Attn: Janet L. Holaday,, Secretary-Treasurer
PO Box 1535
Jamestown, ND 58402-1535
Requests We Discourage
Although we are well-aware of the many human service, educational, cultural and civic needs of the communities we serve, and are grateful for the outstanding and tireless work being done by non-profits to solve a wide range of societal problems, the Dakota Foundation is unlikely to consider requests for support of the following:
- Annual fund drives
- General fund-raising events
- Budget deficits
- Medical research
- Theatrical productions and other artistic or media projects
- Building endowments
- Historical preservation, museums and interpretive centers