Community Grant Awards

Here at Discovery Wind, we don’t plan on waiting for our project to be completed to get started on our community impact.

This is why we are so proud of our local Community Grant Program. Through this program, we've been able to support community initiatives that help this region thrive. Grants are accepted on a rolling basis, and are awarded quarterly.

Click here to access the short online application. Here are some of the most recent local grant awardees:


Q2 2023 Awardees

McLean County Fair Association

Grant funds awarded to the McLean County Fair Association will support the construction of a new structure at the McLean County Fairgrounds in Underwood. Replacement of the existing shed is necessary to provide future quality events at the arena and create an inviting working environment for announcers and scorekeepers. These funds will expand the building to allow for event registration, a new concession area, and ample space for future rodeos, barrel racing, and other events. With several area businesses coming together to support this project, this community venture will be a regional asset for years to come.

Washburn Music Boosters

Discovery Wind also awarded a grant to the Washburn Music Boosters to support travel costs for Matthew Moyes and Molly Jennings as they participated in the 2023 Aloha Spectacular competition in Honolulu, Hawaii. As members of Honor Choir USA, Moyes and Jennings performed with students from across the United States.

“They took great pride in representing the State of North Dakota, the Washburn community, and the Washburn School District while performing with the Honor Choir, USA,” said Kelly Schatz-Jennings, Washburn Music Booster member and Washburn School Board Member. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for both of them, and we thank Discovery Wind for their generosity. It is greatly appreciated.”

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Other Q2 Awardees:

  • Washburn School District Facilities


Q1 2023 Awardees

McLean County Speedway and the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Office

“The funding will be used to help improve our property at the McLean County Speedway,” said Marcus Tomlinson, President of McLean County Speedway. “Thank you so much for your wonderful donation!”

Grant funds awarded to NDSU Extension Office – McLean County were used to sponsor the inaugural Rural Resilience Retreat.

“This is a very special event [that] is close to my heart. I am a fifth-generation farmer and have seen firsthand how farmers, ranchers, and those who live and serve rural residents can struggle with stress management and access to resources to increase mental wellness. [This] has a tremendous effect on whole body wellness,” said NDSU Extension Agent and Co-Host Sarah Bedgar. “Normalizing this type of training and resources and conversations can change the mindset of communities and better many people’s lives.”

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Washburn DECA Group

The $5,000 grant award supported the Washburn DECA team in their inaugural trip to the International Career and Development Conference in Orlando, Florida.

“With the help of Apex, ten DECA members from our Washburn Chapter will be able to attend the International Career and Development Conference (ICDC) in Orlando, Florida. We are very thankful for how much they supported us with their donation and how much they helped our DECA chapter. With the amazing help from Apex we have received, they made it much easier for us kids to reach our fundraising goal and attend a conference that will heighten our personal and academic experiences... Thank you, Apex,” shared Brooke Schulte, Washburn DECA Advisor.

Washburn DECA qualifiers traveling to Orlando with their Discovery Wind gear.

Washburn DECA qualifiers traveling to Orlando wearing their Discovery Wind gear.

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During this cycle, funds were distributed to numerous local school districts, including Washburn, Wilton, and Underwood, for their after-prom activities. Grant funds were also awarded to the Washburn Teen Alternative Group (TAG), which supported a fun, safe evening environment for local teens to attend after their prom festivities.

“Thank you, Discovery Wind, for your generosity! TAG’s purpose is to provide a safe and fun prom celebration, and you have helped to make that possible, along with some awesome gifts,” said Tori Blotske of Washburn TAG.

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Other Q1 Awardees:

  • McLean County Family Resource Center – $2,500
  • Washburn Public School Facilities – $9,500
  • Wilton Public School Archery Club – $500