Past Grant Recipients

In May 2021, NDAD awarded a record three simultaneous $5,000 Gibbens Memorial Grants for health, welfare, social service or educational projects serving at-risk populations.

The recipients:

The Arc Creations Program, Dickinson, N.D., for installation of a painting booth and outside ventilation in its sanding room to allow training and work on projects by individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, or both, that is not dependent on weather. Website:

Connect Medical Clinic, Dickinson, for a cargo trailer, contact and informational wrapping and patient intake remodeling and repairs. The trailer will be used for storage of program supplies and as a mobile unit to help provide outreach and education supporting evidence-based, accessible sexual health education for at-risk individuals. Website:

UND Northern Prairie Community Clinic’s Performance And Recovery In Stroke (P.A.R.I.S.) conversation/literary support groups for a classroom dual FM and Wi-Fi assistive listening system, books, yearly Audible subscription and semester fees for clients with an aphasia diagnosis, age-related hearing complications, or both. Website:  

Congratulations to the 2021 grant recipients and thanks to all the agencies and organizations that applied for grants this year.
Past recipients of the Gibbens Memorial Grant:
2019 - Northlands Rescue Mission
2018 - The Arc, Upper Valley 
2017 - Altru Health Foundation
2017 - Child Care Aware of N.D.
2016 - Home on the Range 
2016 - Altru Family YMCA               
2015 - Mayville State University & Griggs/Steele-Traill Special Education Cooperative

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