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Grants awarded

Sharing Success
The Donnybrook Rural Fire District was awarded $7,500 to use towards purchasing bunker gear for its fire fighters.

The Kenmare Fire Department was awarded $7,500 to use towards the purchase of a new pumper truck.

The Columbus Rural Fire Protection District was awarded $7,500 to use towards air packs for its fire fighters.

The Sharing Success matching grant program is a partnership among Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative, CoBank, and Basin Electric Power Cooperative.

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.  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 exists to distribute funds 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
On behalf of Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative, the Rural Development Finance Corporation (RDFC) awarded $2,000 in grants to community-based projects in Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative’s service territory.

The City of Kenmare received $1,000 to use towards swimming pool repairs.

The Burke County Fair Association received $1,000 to use towards fairground repairs.

Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative is a member of RDFC.  As a result, communities in the Cooperative’s service area were eligible to apply for a grant of up to $2,000 for community-based projects.  RDFC made these funds available in order that more people become aware of its larger loan program that funds community-based projects and non-profit entities with low-interest loans.

For questions concerning funding available through RDFC programs, contact Lori Capouch at 701.667.6444 or

Operation Round Up
The Operation Round Up Board recently awarded three grants totaling $3,350 to area organizations.

Farm Rescue was awarded $1,500 to use towards general operations.  The Northern Plains Special Education Unit was awarded $1,500 to use towards the purchase of a practical assessment lab.  Ward County 4-H was awarded $350 to use towards a Halloween Hippology contest.

Congratulations to these organizations!

The next Operation Round Up application deadline is March 15, 2021.

Apply today!

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