Applications accepted for 4th Faye Gibbens Memorial Grant

Posted: Mar 31 2017
Applications accepted for 4th Faye Gibbens Memorial Grant
Applications are being accepted for the fourth Faye Gibbens Memorial Grant, named for the statewide charitable nonprofit’s late co-founder and longtime program services leader.

NDAD will award a $5,000 grant to a North Dakota agency/organization to be used for a health, welfare, social service or educational purpose for at-risk populations.

More application information is listed at  The application deadline is April 28.

The Faye Gibbens Memorial Grant is awarded twice annually.

Faye Gibbens’ passion was to provide assistance to individuals in need.  She died in early 2014.

Inspired by their son, Mike, who was born with cerebral palsy, Faye and her husband, Ron Gibbens, built charitable nonprofit North Dakota Association for the Disabled from a small Grand Forks parental support group to a statewide charitable nonprofit helping North Dakotans with a variety of disabilities and health concerns.

She created, expanded and oversaw NDAD's client services until her retirement in 2013, and she also provided assistance and input for the agency's charitable gaming operations since their debut in 1982.

Prior to NDAD, Faye Gibbens taught a year of elementary school at Carrington, N.D., and two more years at Portland, N.D. She then taught and was a high school counselor at Maddock, N.D. She continued to teach part time at Maddock after Michael Gibbens was born in 1967. Because of Mike's disability, Faye and Ron Gibbens decided to seek work in a larger community where more facilities and services were available for their young son.

Toward the middle 1970s, Faye and Ron Gibbens took steps to form a support group that would gather parents and relatives of children with disabilities to share information and to discuss common issues and concerns.

The group took root and gained official non-profit status in 1975 as the North Dakota Association for the Disabled, then became a 501c(3) charitable organization the following year. The fledgling organization provided information and referral services, particularly for people with disabilities who were unable to find services or workable solutions elsewhere.

NDAD’s client services department grew to include direct financial assistance, an equipment loan program and various other services.

NOTE TO APPLICANTS: The Faye Gibbens Memorial Grant application packet is available in fillable .PDF form at Use only the application space provided to answer the questions. Once completed, print and mail the application form to NDAD, c/o Faye Gibbens Memorial Grant, 2660 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58201, Attn: Leslie Stastny.  Or, attach the completed form to an email addressed to Completed applications must be received at NDAD’s Grand Forks office no later than 5 p.m. Friday, April 28.

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