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Myra Foundation announces second-largest annual grant funding to area nonprofit organizations
Posted 12/22/22 (Thu)
December 21, 2022 02:19 PM
GRAND FORKS – The Myra Foundation will award $730,878 in grant funds to 77 area charitable organizations by the end of the 2022 calendar year, John Botsford, the foundation president, has announced.
This will be the foundation’s second-highest yearly giving total in its 81-year history, Botsford said in a news release. With this round of funding, the foundation has awarded more than $12 million to nonprofit organizations. In 2021, the foundation awarded its highest total, $820,110 to 74 Grand Forks County nonprofit organizations.
This year, the organizations that applied for and will receive funds include schools, health care organizations, rural development groups, social assistance organizations, arts groups and many more.
The 2022 calendar year also brought a record number of requests from a record number of local applicants, indicating that local needs continue to grow, Botsford said.
The Myra Foundation remains committed to funding causes in Grand Forks County according to the wishes of the late John E. Myra, who founded the foundation in 1941, he said. The Myra Foundation was the first private charitable foundation of its kind in North Dakota.
The grant awards given this year went to many organizations based in the city of Grand Forks, as well as rural communities such as Larimore, Emerado, Gilby, Thompson, Manvel, Northwood and others.
The three largest individual grants were awarded for a scholarship program for Grand Forks County graduating seniors planning to attend UND; the proposed Grand Forks Center for Exploration, also known as the children’s museum; and a “Tree House” project that will be part of the children’s department renovation on the second floor of the Grand Forks Public Library.
“The Myra Foundation is so fortunate to be in a strong position to fund a wide spectrum of worthy charitable organizations in our region,” Botsford said.
The foundation is administered by a board of three trustees, he said. “This year we welcomed Tracy Kennedy to our board.”
Kennedy, an attorney with the Zimney Foster law firm, Grand Forks, serves along with Emily Montgomery. Kennedy took over the position that was held by Kent Cronquist, who retired from the board.
For more information about the Myra Foundation, visit www.myrafoundation.org .
Following is a list of the 2022 Myra Foundation grant recipients:
Altru Family YMCA
Altru Health Foundation for Safe Kids Grand Forks
Circle of Friends Animal Shelter/Humane Society of Grand Forks
City of Gilby, ND
Community Violence Intervention Center
Dakota Science Center
Downtown Development Association
Emerado Rural Volunteer Fire Department
Empire Arts Center
Girl Scouts - Dakota Horizons
Global Friends Coalition
Grand Cities Children's Choir
Grand Forks Children's Museum, Inc Displays
Grand Forks Children's Museum, Inc Naming Rights
Grand Forks Chorales, Inc.
Grand Forks County 4-H Organization
Grand Forks County Historical Society
Grand Forks Foundation for Education, Inc. – Big Red Reading Bus
Grand Forks Girls Fastpitch
Grand Forks Parks & Recreation Foundation
Grand Forks Public Library
Grand Forks Public Schools
Grand Forks Salvation Army
Grand Forks School District 1-Junior Achievement Program
Grand Forks Senior Center
Greater Grand Forks Community Corrections Advisory Board
Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre
Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra
HC Community Care Center & Food Pantry
Holy Family School
Larimore Park Board
LHS Trap Team
Lions Foundation of North Dakota , South Forks Lions
LISTEN CENTER INC
Manvel Community Center Incorporated
Manvel Museum (Manvel Heritage Center)
Manvel Park Board
Manvel Public Schools
Mini Monarchs Child Care
Muddy Waters Clay Center
ND Ballet Company
NDSU Extension Grand Forks County
North Dakota Museum of Art
Northern Lights Council of Boy Scouts of America Inc.
Northern Valley Youth Orchestras
Northlands Rescue Mission Inc
Northwood Deaconess Health Center
Northwood Park District
Prairie Harvest Mental Health
Public Art Commission
Red River Valley Athletics.org
Red River Valley Community Action
River Forks Watercolor Society
Santa Claus Girls
Share House, Inc
Sox For Kids
St. Joseph's Social Care
The Arc Upper Valley
the Empty State Theatre
The Summer Performing Arts Company
The Village Family Service Center
Third Street Clinic
Thompson Public School
Thompson Youth independent Baseball Program
United Day Nursery Inc.
United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Area
University of North Dakota Foundation
Valley Senior Living Foundation
Youth Works Day Report Program
Youth Works Divert Program