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Sacred Heart Foundation receives $2.5 million grant from the Engelstad Family Foundation

OND Staff Reports


E. Grand Forks, MN — The Sacred Heart Foundation, on behalf of Sacred Heart Parish and School, is the recipient of a $2.5 million grant from the Engelstad Family Foundation. The grant, which requires a $500,000 match, will be used to add six classrooms and common area to the school.

“The Engelstad family has already done so much for our area. They give and they don’t seek a headline or parade. They certainly didn’t have to do this for Sacred Heart. But they did. … We will honor the gift by making Sacred Heart School the best it can be,” said Msgr. Mike Foltz, Superintendent.

Following the 2013 launch of Sacred Heart’s New Day Campaign, which successfully raised $6 million for investing in people and academic programs, the institution has been able to provide tuition assistance to families, increase staff salaries, offer merit-based pay and Masters-level education to faculty.

As a result of the campaign, school enrollment has increased by 100 students in the past five years, creating a need to expand classroom space at Sacred Heart School. Several facility adaptations have been made to meet the continued enrollment increases; however, a building committee concluded that an addition to the school was needed to meet the short and long-term needs of the students. The expansion will include six classrooms and commons areas so that each K-6 grade level can have two classrooms, freeing up adapted space for junior and senior high class options.

ICON Architectural Group of Grand Forks, N.D., has been hired to put a design and plan in place. Construction is expected to commence at the conclusion of the 2017-18 school year, with completion expected in time for the 2019-20 school year.

The Sacred Heart Foundation, a separate 501 (c) 3 corporation, was established in 2015. Its purpose is to make giving opportunities available that will sustain Sacred Heart School through capital improvement gifts, grants, scholarships and endowments. People interested in supporting the building project may contact Dennis DeMers, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .