Application Guidelines for the 2013-14 Grant Cycle

The Ella and Kaare Nygaard Foundation supports projects that benefit St. Olaf College and aid in carrying out that institution’s educational objectives. Within this broad purpose, the Foundation will support:

  1. Activities which foster appreciation and understanding of the visual arts in general and sculpture in particular.
  2. Activities which promote the understanding of the medical profession, its history, and its practice.
  3. Activities which foster an appreciation of the Norwegian heritage of St. Olaf College by developing closer ties between the College and Norwegian cultural and educational institutions.


The Nygaard Foundation will accept applications from individuals and groups sponsored by an institution whose proposed projects will enhance the educational program of St. Olaf College. The Foundation will consider collaborative projects; for example, an art exchange between the college’s art museum and a museum elsewhere that would integrate teaching, scholarship, and creative activity, or a collaborative project initiated by a Norwegian cultural institution that would strengthen and enhance the colleges academic program of teaching and learning by enhancing its distinguished programs in the natural sciences.

The Foundation will not accept proposals for projects of individual enrichment unless it results in a dynamic and vital relationship that substantially benefits the college. Funding of multi-year grant proposals is unlikely. The Foundation will not grant support to projects that are already substantially completed, that will enhance endowment funds, or that will fund graduate and professional fellowships.

Successful grant applicants may reapply for funding a new project every three years. That is, a person awarded a grant for January–December 2011 may submit a new grant proposal in September 2013.

Application Procedures

  1. The Board of the Foundation meets in October each year to consider grant applications. To be considered for the 2013–14 grant cycle, completed applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 23, 2013. A completed application will consist of all items identified on the application cover sheet checklist, including a brief narrative that describes the goals of the project, the proposed activities to be undertaken or methods to be employed, the expected results and the benefit to St. Olaf College, and the qualifications of the individuals involved in the project. Late or incomplete applications will be declined without review.
  2. For an assessment of project eligibility and the likelihood of support, the Foundation strongly encourages applicants to submit a one-page letter of inquiry describing the proposed project. Such letters should be submitted well in advance of the application deadline. The Foundation will not accept telephone calls.
  3. Letters of inquiry and completed applications should be addressed to:
    Nygaard Foundation
    St. Olaf College
    1520 St. Olaf Avenue
    Northfield, MN 55057-1098
  4. Grant applicants will be notified of Foundation action in November, 2013. Grant funds will be available from November 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.