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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on August 4, 2020.

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Description of Program and Relief

Economic Resiliency Grant

The North Dakota Department of Commerce is offering eligible private businesses a grant of up to $50,000 (or up to $100,000 in the case of businesses with multiple locations) to help cover costs associated with making improvements to such businesses for the purpose of reducing the spread of infection and instilling consumer confidence in the marketplace.

Government or Lead Agency

North Dakota Department of Commerce.

Dates Available

Available now until funds run out (see application deadline below).

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

To be eligible for this grant, the grantee must:

  1. Be a business that is physically located in North Dakota;

  2. Private, for profit, non-profit 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) entities, and tribal companies are included in this grant

  3. Be able to demonstrate they were financially viable prior to the COVID-19 pandemic (including operational and workforce needs);

  4. Be able to demonstrate they had a negative financial impact by the Coronavirus pandemic;

  5. This will be done through self-certification in the application, though the business may be audited after the grant is awarded.

  6. Be able to demonstrate how the grant will improve facility’s COVID-19 resiliency, e.g. purchase using grant proceeds will improve business conditions from a health and welfare or consumer confidence perspective;

  7. Be in good standing with the ND Secretary of State or Tribal business license authority;

  8. Have made the investment on or after March 27, 2020 or use the money (1) to make qualifying improvements within 45 days of receiving the grant or (2) prior to December 29, 2020, whichever comes first;

  9. Use the grant money only for approved expenses as listed on the grant application; and

  10. Return any unused grant funds to the state.

Entities that are not eligible for this grant:

Government Entities;

Businesses that can relocate their employees to remote and/or home-based work;

Businesses operated out of residential homes; and

  1. Exceptions to this would be childcare facilities and agriculture related tourism businesses

  2. Any business related to lobbying.

Eligible Investments:

  1. Investments that reduce repetitive touch, examples include:

  2. Touchless payment systems or document signing systems

  3. Automatic faucets, toilets, and door kicks

  4. Technology to manage take-out or drive-through orders

  5. Improvements that create distance between customers, examples include:

  6. Expanded Outdoor dining

  7. Partitions between workers who cannot be socially distanced

  8. Purchases of items that directly control infection, examples include:

  9. PPE

  10. UV sanitizers

  11. Temperature-checking equipment

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)

There will be three application rounds (unless funds are exhausted by earlier rounds)

Round 1

  1. Deadline August 17, 2020

  2. Awardees announced by September 11, 2020

  3. Funds dispersed by September 25, 2020

Round 2

  1. Application Opens September 14, 2020

  2. Deadline September 25, 2020

  3. Awardees announced by October 16, 2020

  4. Funds dispersed by October 28, 2020

Round 3

  1. To be announced

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