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Grants available to area organizations

Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative is excited to announce 3 grant programs available to eligible area organizations.

Sharing Success Grants

Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative will award up to three (3) Sharing Success grants totaling $7,500.  Matching funds will be applied for through CoBank’s Sharing Success matching grant program and Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s charitable giving fund.

To qualify for the grants, an organization must be a certified 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, school or fire/ambulance department, and be located within Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative’s service territory.

Past recipients of the Sharing Success matching grant include the Crosby Blue Line Club, St. Luke’s Hospital, Kenmare Rural Fire Protection District, Lake County Historical Society, Divide County Historical Society, Prairie Tumbleweeds, Kenmare Ambulance, City of Columbus, Crosby Park District, Kenmare Park District, and Donnybrook Rural Fire District.

CoBank is a cooperative lending institution that provides loans and other financial services to vital industries throughout rural America including agribusiness, water, communications and power providers.  CoBank is headquartered outside Denver, CO, serving customers from regional banking centers across the U.S.  The Sharing Success matching grant program was launched by CoBank in 2012 as a way to highlight the International Year of Cooperatives.  The program was designed to celebrate the vital role that cooperatives play in individual communities across the country.

Basin Electric Power Cooperative is a wholesale electric generation and transmission cooperative headquartered in Bismarck that provides electricity to electric cooperatives in nine states, including Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative.  Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Charitable Giving Program mission statement is to distribute Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s charitable gifts to a wide range of programs for the greatest social and economic benefit for the Cooperative’s membership, employees and communities.

Rural Development Finance Corporation (RDFC) Grants

Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative, in partnership with the Rural Development Finance Corporation (RDFC), will award two (2) $1000 grants within the Cooperative’s service territory.

Eligible projects include: community owned businesses such as a café, grocery store or motel; community-based projects such as school or youth projects; or community facilities such as ambulance services, fire districts, recreation, hospital/clinic or community center.  Funds may not be used for general operating expenses.

Grant recipients are required to have four (4) matching dollars for every RDFC grant dollar awarded.

Past recipients of the RDFC grants include the Bowbells Swimming Pool, Portal Ambulance, Crosby Kids Daycare, Bowbells PTO, Kenmare Fire Department, Columbus Fire Department, Kenmare Ambulance, Burke County Fair, St. Luke's Hospital, and the Kenmare Swimming Pool.

The Rural Development Finance Corporation is a North Dakota nonprofit finance and development corporation whose member-owners are all the North Dakota Rural Electric Cooperatives, nine of the North Dakota Rural Telecommunication Cooperatives and the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives.

Operation Round Up Grants
Operation Round Up is a charitable giving program funded by Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative members round up their electric bills and employees who round down their paychecks each month.  Non-profit and community organizations are eligible to apply for Operation Round Up funds. Awards are made semi-annually and vary in amount depending upon funds available. 

Contact Heidi Haugen-Grohs, member services manager, at (701)939-6671 or with questions regarding these grant opportunities.  Application deadline for all grants is September 15, 2021.

Sharing Success


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