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ECONOMIC RESILIENCY GRANT - BUSINESS ELIGIBILITY

Typically, a business who has a consumer and a marketplace will be eligible. Private, for profit, nonprofit 501c3 and 501c6, and tribal companies are included in this grant.

The grantee must be:

  1. Any entity whose business is physically located in North Dakota;
  2. Be able to demonstrate they were financially viable prior to the Coronavirus pandemic (including operational and workforce needs);
  3. Must demonstrate they had a negative financial impact by the Coronavirus pandemic;
  4. The business must demonstrate how the grant will improve facility COVID-19 resiliency, e.g. purchase using grant proceeds will improve business conditions from a health and welfare or consumer confidence perspective;
  5. The business must be in good standing with the ND Secretary of State or Tribal business license authority;
  6. Must have made the investment on or after March 27, 2020 and use the money on or prior to December 29, 2020.

Government entities, such as counties, cities, schools and universities are not eligible to apply for ERG funds. Exceptions to this would be governmental owned, public facing facilities such as tribal manufacturing and  city/tribal  owned for-profit businesses. Typically, businesses who can relocate their employees to remote and/or home-based work will be ineligible.  Businesses operated out of residential home.  Exceptions to this would be childcare facilities and agriculture related tourism businesses. ERG funds cannot be used for lobbying expenses.

A business with one physical ND location is eligible for up to $50,000.  A business with multiple physical locations in ND is eligible for up to $100,000. The maximum grant per business is $100,000.

Your business will be eligible to receive an award equal to the sum of qualified purchases made after 3/27/2020 and expected to be made within 45 days after receiving grant approval. Each line item will be individually reviewed, and you will receive the total of the approved expenses not to exceed $50,000 for one location and $100,000 for two or more locations.

Yes.  A business with one physical ND location is eligible for up to $50,000.  A business with multiple physical locations in ND is eligible for up to $100,000.  The maximum grant per business is $100,000.

A business with one physical ND location is eligible for up to $50,000.  A business with multiple ND locations is eligible for up to $100,000.

No. We need to verify that the business has a physical address in North Dakota open to customers. PO Boxes may be used for mailing addresses.

No.  It must be a physical location open to customers.

Your business is eligible to apply a second time 30 days after the first application is submitted.  

Yes.  As long as they have at least one physical address in North Dakota open to customers and do not use funds towards lobbying activities.

Yes, if the business was a viable business prior to March 1, has been impacted by COVID-19 the grant application will be evaluated for COVID-19 related expenses.

Yes, religious entities which are 501c3 nonprofits and are in good standing with the state are eligible and the grant will be reviewed for COVID-19 related expenses or estimates. 

Unless replacement is related to higher standard COVID-19 materials, this would not qualify.

A negative fiscal impact will be self-certified at the beginning of the application and could be asked if the businesses is audited after the grant award.  This impact could be loss of business, delay of business activities, additional purchases for health, safety and continued business operation or business temporary closure. 

Yes, private schools are eligible to apply for ERG funds if they can provide information on how the funds would be used to increase the health and safety of the students and increase consumer confidence.  Technology items would be part of this application.

Yes, they would be eligible because it is first-come, first-serve; and there are objective criteria, thus, there is not enough discretion to create a conflict. 

According to IRS Publication 587 a home-based business is one that uses the owner’s home (or space within the home) as its principal place of business. That is:

  • It is used regularly and exclusively for administration or management of a trade or business, and the owner has no other fixed location where the business carries on a substantial amount of administration or management.

No.  The grant is intended to inspire additional confidence for consumers to return to the marketplace. 

No, they would be eligible because it is first-come, first-serve; and there are objective criteria, thus, there is not enough discretion to create a conflict.

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