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Published August 01, 2009, 12:00 AM

‘Spirit of Fargo’ flood fund accepting grant applications

A flood fund established at the height of the spring fight against the Red River is now accepting grant applications.

By: Brittany Lawonn, INFORUM

A flood fund established at the height of the spring fight against the Red River is now accepting grant applications.

Officials are still receiving donations to “The Spirit of Fargo Flood Fund,” expected to surpass $100,000, said Pat Traynor, president of Dakota Medical Foundation, which is helping oversee the fund.

“We expect it to be about $110,000 to $125,000, roughly,” Traynor said Friday.

Organizations eligible to apply for grants include nonprofit organizations whose annual gross income is $1 million or less, with exception of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, and small businesses whose gross annual income is less than $250,000.

Applicants must be located in North Dakota and within 60 miles of Fargo. The deadline is Aug. 14.

The Fargo fund is one of four ongoing efforts through the Impact Foundation aimed at flood recovery. Moorhead and Valley City, N.D., also have funds along with a DMF fund that assists disaster agencies.

Fundraising is going well with donations raised in various ways, including a 10-year-old girl who generated $1,000 through lemonade stand sales.

Kelly Noah, her sister and friends worked the Fargo stand for nearly 12 hours on April 3 despite chilly weather conditions, according to the June DMF newsletter.

“The people of this region are extremely generous and want to help one another,” Traynor said.

Traynor estimated that more than $400,000 will be raised between all four funds, including matching contributions of more than $100,000.

“The donor has a choice at what they can earmark funds for,” Traynor said.

Fargo’s fund is the first to accept grants because it was established first, Traynor said.

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Readers can reach Forum reporter Brittany Lawonn at (701) 241-5541

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