Economic Resiliency Grant

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Thank you for inquiring about the Economic Resiliency Grant (ERG). According to the ERG guidelines, an additional grant round could be available if funding is not exhausted in Round 1. At this time, there is no date set for Round 2 as it is dependent on the applications in Round 1 completing the review process and meeting the compliance guidelines.  Please continue to check this website for updates.   


Current applicants may see the following status reasons when they review their application upon signing in with their credentials on the portal.

  • Submitted - Application has been received and waiting to be reviewed (first come, first serve basis).
  • Under Review - Application is currently being reviewed.
  • Awarded - Application has been reviewed, approved and an email notification has been sent.  Application is now being verified through the Federal Tax Identification system. Once verification is approved, the check will be processed and mailed.
  • On Hold - Awaiting Additional Info - Application has been reviewed, but needs additional information.  Email notification was sent asking applicant to log-in to the portal to submit additional information needed on line expenditures.

If your application is in submitted, under review or awarded, you can view your application.
If your application is on hold – awaiting additional info, you can click on “Add info” to provide the supporting documentation needed.

CURRENT APPLICANTS - CLICK HERE TO VIEW YOUR APPLICATION STATUS

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Awardee Testimonials

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POST AWARD OBLIGATIONS

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  • Use funds as proposed within 45 days from the date in which the grant was approved
  • Expected to use the grant money within 45 days of check issuance in a manner consistent with your proposal – or return it promptly.
  • NDSmart Restart webpage “badge” and materials
  • Self-Certification of compliance with NDSmart Restart Protocol

Additional Notes!

  • Time is of the essence in implementing safety mechanisms to reduce the spread of infection to allow customers to return to the marketplace safely. 
  • Expected to use the grant money within 45 days of receipt in a manner consistent with your proposal – or a refund will be issued.
  • Keep copious documentation – your award will be audited to ensure funds were used for approved expenses. 
  • If you receive the ERG and make the safety improvements, you will receive access to NDSmart Restart badge for your website and other materials to highlight your investments for your customers to assist you in highlighting your ERG improvements.  The investments are important, but AS important are that your customers know of them – THAT is what will inspire consumer confidence. 
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You've been awarded - what's next?

  1. Business goes through a TIN (Tax Identification) match with the IRS.
  2. After approval of the TIN, the check will be printed and mailed to applicants contact mailing address.
  3. Final documentation needed within 45 days of the check being sent.

The following is acceptable documentation:

You may now upload your final compliance documentation to complete your requirements for the grant at:  https://ndcom-prod.powerappsportals.us/. If a requested line item expenditure was documented a quote, bid or estimate, you must provide final proof of payment.

Acceptable documentation must show:

                √ Date (between March 27th and December 18th, 2020)

                √ Vendor (cannot be applicant)

                √ Items (with quantity and description)

                √ Total Purchase Price

                √ Proof of Payment

 

For example, eligible (standalone) receipts include:

  • Itemized vendor receipts that show proof of payment,
  • Invoices that show paid-in-full with $0 balance due,
  • Screen shots showing the required information above (not just the shopping cart screenshot),
  • Receipts for the items from the distributor/supplier which refer back to the invoice or estimate provided.

Eligible (if accompanied by proof of payment: cancelled check, credit card statement/receipt, bank draft, etc.):

  • Invoice, quote, estimate, bid, purchase order, etc. (not showing a zero-balance due).
  • Hand-written/editable receipts

If ANY of the required information above is missing, or if the receipt is in any way editable, you must provide additional documentation (cancelled checks, credit card statements, emails, etc.) which provides the missing information.  

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Q&A

Q: I don’t think that I can get my receipts before my 45 day documentation window expires. Can I have an extension?

  • You may request to have your grant window extended to December 18th, 2020. This must be done in writing by emailing ERGresponse@nd.gov.
  • Your request must be made prior to the expiration of your 45 day documentation window.

Q: The original item I requested is no longer available. Can I purchase something similar?

Yes, but…

  • The item MUST have the same functional purpose as the initial request.
  • Under NO circumstance can Commerce provide for items over the awarded quantity or total awarded cost.
  • Upgrades, performing the same basic function as the original CAN be substituted. In this case, the applicant must pay the difference over and above the original awarded amount.  Note: it is possible to buy less items at a higher unit cost as long as the quantity purchased and total cost for that approved line item are not exceeded.  
  • If cost is less than the awarded amount, the savings must be reimbursed to Commerce.
  • You may use a different vendor.
  • Substitutions will still need to be received/work completed within the initial timeline.
  • If ineligible substitutions are made, the funds must be paid back to Commerce.
  • Substitutions may require a side by side comparison submitted to Commerce in writing.
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For questions on the Economic Resiliency Grant (ERG) Program, contact our business help line at businesshelpCOVID19@nd.gov.

 

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BUSINESS ELIGIBILITY

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North Dakota businesses may be eligible to receive funding for costs associated with improvements to their businesses for the purpose of reducing the spread of infection, and instilling consumer confidence in the marketplace.

The focus of this grant is on the marketplace, therefore production agriculture is not eligible to apply.

Due to the compressed timeline for this program, there is no dispute of denial process. There will be no opportunity for appeals. Businesses can reapply 30 days from the denial notification. 

Business Eligibility FAQ

Who's Eligible?
  • Private companies are eligible.  Ownership type – such as sole proprietor, partnership, corporation, non-profit - is not the determining factor. 
  • The business must be licensed to do business in North Dakota, either by the Secretary of state or a tribal licensing authority.  The business must also have a permanent physical location in North Dakota. 
  • The investment proposed to be made must decrease the spread of infection, and this will have to be clearly articulated in the application. 
  • If you have already made qualified improvements (after March 27) these expenditures may be reimbursed through the grant.  Whether the improvement has been already made, or you will be submitting a proposal for future improvements, take care to keep VERY detailed documentation as there will be an audit of your expenses post-award.  Best practice would be to keep the grant award accounted for separately, track expenses, and ensure they are clearly aligned to your proposal.   
  • MARKETPLACE - applicants must demonstrate how they directly interface with consumers or how the improvements directly benefit consumers through supply chain impacts.
  • Non-profits can apply as long as they have at least one physical address in North Dakota open to customers and do not use funds towards lobbying activities.

Business Eligibility FAQ

Who's not Eligible?
  • Businesses with no live customer interaction (not including manufacturers)
  • At-home businesses
  • Companies that are able to relocate employees to remote workplaces and maintain productivity
  • Governmental, Regulatory, and Public Administrative Entities
  • Lobbying organizations

While eligibility for this grant is quite broad, remembering that the spirit and intent of this grant is to inspire consumer confidence to return to the marketplace, GENERALLY, there must be both consumers and a marketplace.

  • Companies that are able to relocate employees to remote workplaces and maintain productivity will typically be ineligible. (Offices without customer walk-ins)
  • Personal or private residential improvements are ineligible (home based businesses may still have eligible purchases if they are childcare facilities or agriculture-based)
  • Government entities such as universities, K12 systems, are ineligible.  Other government-funded businesses may be ineligible, but not “categorically ineligible”, as we recognize that there are instances where, for example, a city may own a liquor store, a daycare or a grocery store.  Those entities will NOT be ineligible because it is owned by a city because it otherwise meets the definition of a business that provides goods or services to consumers in the marketplace which is consistent with the spirit of this grant. 
  • Any cost related to lobbying activities are ineligible (costs related to improving safety at a street fair hosted by a 501(c)(6) would be eligible.
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ELIGIBLE AND INELIGIBLE EXPENSES

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Eligible Expenses - Direct investment to reduce the spread of infection

Investments are to be made to reduce the spread of infection.  These must be DIRECT investments. 

Purchases made on or after March 27, 2020, can be submitted with receipts from the purchases and receive reimbursement.  Bids/estimates/quotes are also allowed and will be reimbursed, however, documentation is required that the funds be spent within 45 days.

Examples of direct investments include:

  • Investments that reduce repetitive touch, such as:
    • Touchless payment systems or document signing systems
    • Automatic faucets, toilets and door kicks
    • Technology to manage take-out, or drive-through orders
  • Improvements that creates distance between customers or customers and employees
    • Expanded outdoor dining
    • Partitions between workers who cannot be socially distanced
       
  • Purchases of items that directly controls infection, such as:
    • PPE
    • UV sanitizers
    • Temperature checking equipment

These are just examples. YOU are the closest to your business and to your customer and we expect that you will have the most impactful solutions. 

Eligible Expenditures FAQ

Ineligible Expenses

Reminder, impact must be DIRECT.  Examples of ineligible expenses for lack of ‘directness’ include:

  • Marketing and advertising costs (costs associated with spending grant money or advertising improvements)
  • Taxes CANNOT be included in the application.  Sales taxes are the applicants cost.

Also, this grant is not intended for: 

  • Payroll costs, Refinancing debt, operating costs, and all other expenses not related to COVID-19 safety measures are ineligible – If you need funds for these types of expenses and have not already applied for the Paycheck Protection Program, that deadline has been extended until August 8th.