• Foundation Mini Grants provide new and enriched educational opportunities across all subject areas in the Grand Forks Public Schools. Grant funding is derived from income on investments from direct donor contributions, or from re-granting of major gifts. From these funding sources, the Foundation:

    • Helps bring learning to life with hands-on experiences, materials, field trips, and specialized equipment in the areas of science and math.
    • Prepares students to be competitive in the job market with 21st Century technology.
    • Increases opportunities for students to express themselves through music, drama and visual arts.

     

    Funding is provided within four broad categories of interest

    • Special projects that support teaching and learning.
    • Imaginative opportunities for new curricula.
    • Enriched libraries and fine arts.
    • Professional development for educators.

     

    Mental Health

    Sources of Strength Endowment is a positive, proactive program for schools and communities which addresses prevention of suicide, bullying, and substance abuse.

     

    Music, Drama and Arts

    Bartholomew-Zimmerman Theatre Arts Fund for theatre arts needs at Central High School.

    Summer Performing Arts Endowment to support the SPA program, for remedial or advanced performing arts.

    Elementary Art Endowment for under-funded visual arts in Grand Forks elementary schools.

    Adeline Bjork Art Education Fund for visual arts in Grand Forks high schools.

     

    Math, Science and English

    Banik Family Trust for chemistry and science at Central High School.

    Dufwa-Schild Academic Fund for math and english needs at Central High School.

    Wayne Peterson Science and Aerospace Fund for elementary student experiences relative to “anything that flies.”

    Steve Robinson Endowment for grants to enrich education of students and professional development of educators in physics, chemistry, and biology.

     

    Field of Interest Funds

    Bill and Shirley Brown Endowment for Education for grants to enrich all areas of curriculum in the Grand Forks Public Schools.

    CF Industries Fund for innovative classroom projects that incorporate agriculture or the environment, with top priority to projects that focus on water quality education.

    Linda Christenson Humanities Endowment to provide first-hand experiences in performance, literature, writing, languages, or other humanities subjects.

    Bjertness Staff Development Endowment for grants that develop or improve teaching skills.

    Flood of Kindness Fund to help schools nationwide who are recovering from disasters.

    Shirley Kuhn Fund to help with special projects at J. Nelson Kelly Elementary.

    Gertrude Wiegman Fund to help support elementary library and field trip needs.

    Nathan Wyum Endowment to fund special needs or projects at Schroeder Middle School.

     

    Permanently restricted endowed funds are the backbone of the Foundation’s funding for grants and scholarships. They enrich students’ educational experiences in many academic areas. Named endowments often are arranged as a lasting tribute to or in memory of a notable educator, family member, or student. A named endowment provides a legacy of support for an educational program or scholarship.

     

    To learn more about establishing an endowment, please contact:

    Emilia Hodgson, Executive Director

    701-787-4866 or ehodgson290@mygfschools.org