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ECONOMIC RESILIENCY GRANT - APPLICATION PROCESS

The application portal will close when all funds are committed. The funds are awarded on a first come first serve basis and based on eligibility of expenses.

To apply visit www.ndresponse.gov and click “Apply”.

The online application portal is OPENING SOON!  

The contact should be an owner, manager, or other key individual within the company who is available to respond to email communications during and outside of business hours.

No, the application must be submitted by the requesting business. We do encourage you, however, to consult with these groups to ensure a complete application prior to submittal.

The contact will receive all communications related to the grant. They must submit all documents and are responsible for providing any materials requested during the evaluation process. The contact will have only 72 hours to respond to any inquiries and resubmit required documentation. Failure to respond within this time constraint will result in denial of the request. The contact will be notified if the application is approved or denied. The contact (in addition to the business) is responsible for the information contained within the application.

The Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) have access to equipment to help the applicant fill out the ERG application.  Contact your closest SBDC (Small Business Development Center) office or call (701) 777-3700 to get the right contact information.

Documents you need to provide at application are quotes or receipts for your purchase. You will need to provide an NAICS number for your business, EIN, Social Security Number or your Secretary of State’s Registration number.

To receive support in other languages and/or support for immigrant-owned businesses contact the person listed in the geographic area closest to your location:

For assistance in Grand Forks and Fargo, including day-of support, please reach out ahead of time to schedule a meeting.   

Check your junk mail for the email. If you still have not received your confirmation, log back into the portal and verify that your status appears as “Submitted.” If it does, please email the help line at businesshelpcovid19@nd.gov.

No. We will reserve the funds requested by the applicant for 72 hours. Failure to respond within the 72 hour window will result in a denial of your application and release the funds to be awarded to other applicants. Should this occur, you may apply again 30 days from the date of your denial notice.

Companies must use funds and submit all receipts within 45 days from the date of which the grand was approved or by December 29th , whichever is earlier. One 30-day extension may be authorized under unique circumstances, e.g. difficulty in securing equipment due to high demand. After the one extension, companies must submit receipts and/or refund the state. Eligible expenses must be purchased on or after March 27, 2020. 

The ERG grant requires only one bid/quote per expense item. Please note this bid/quote will be used in determining your final grant amount.

You must upload receipt dated after March 27th, 2020 for each line of reimbursable expenses. You must upload a quote for each line of proposed expenditures. You may need to upload the same receipt or quote on more than one line if it contains multiple items.

Yes. You must submit proof of purchase 45 days from the date in which the grant was approved, or by December 29, 2020 whichever comes first.  Failure to do so will require you to return and/or reimburse the remainder of the award.

No. You will be required to return all funds spent on items not listed and approved on your application.

You are required to return any unspent grant funds.

No. You will be required to return any funds that were spent on items not listed and approved on your original grant application.

If funds were disbursed, you will be required to return any funds that were not spent.

No. All documentation must be submitted via the online application.

No.  The application process requires a valid email address.  All documentation must be submitted via the online application.

No. These funds are not considered 1099 reportable income.

No. You must review your application for accuracy and completeness as changes cannot be made after final submission.  

Changes cannot be made to your application after final submission.  Your business is eligible to apply a second time 30 days after the first application is submitted. 

The next steps will be outlined in your award notification email.

Each line item in your application will be reviewed individually for eligibility and accuracy. Potential reasons for adjustments in the award amount may include ineligible expenses, insufficient documentation, incorrectly entered qualifying cost amounts, etc. If the award amount was adjusted from your requested amount, the reason will be explained in the email notifying you of your award amount. 

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

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