SW receives $5,000 grant

Southwest Healthcare recently received a $5,000 grant to help with construction of their new park/patio area for residents of the hospital.

By Chris Slone

John Heinen, development director for the North Dakota Community Foundation, was on hand to present the check to the hospital. He said the funds come from an endowment that a board of directors, comprised of 14 members, hand out each year through an application process.

This year, there were 141 applications and 30 were chosen to receive funds. More than $140,000 was handed out over those 30 applications.

“The board looks at the applications and tries to distribute funds toward all sorts of needs while disbursing all around the state,” Heinen said.

Approximately half of the 30 application were in Bismarck and toward the west region.

“A lot of the funds went toward emergency response — new ambulances, new equipment,” Heinen said. “That park that (Southwest) is doing, that little garden area, it’s like a therapeutic area for the residents.”

Melissa Olsen, activities director at Southwest Healthcare, said the new park/patio was largely started by donations at the Celebrity Waiter Event held earlier this year.

“We could not have done it without the help of Southwest Healthcare and our community,” Olsen said. “We received a couple of grants as well as a memorial in memory of Flatness’s to help with the cost …

“I have no words that can adequately express my gratitude and how important this is to our residents.”

Anyone who is a 501c3 or government or subdivision of a government are eligible for grants through the North Dakota Community Foundation. They have to be entities, it is not a scholarship fund for individuals.

“A lot of those funds that are available are because of individuals who have left legacy gifts in their estate,”