COVID-19 FAQs

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ECONOMIC RESILIENCY GRANT - ELIGIBLE EXPENDITURES

No.  If you utilized equipment, personal protective equipment or other products to keep your workplace clean and sanitized, these items would not qualify for this grant.  Additional products, one-time-deep cleaning or equipment which help your consumer have confidence in your marketplace would be eligible. Any expenses AFTER March 27 are eligible.

If the purchases made qualify as eligible expenses and were purchased on or after March 27, 2020, you can submit the receipts from the purchases and receive reimbursement.

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 the ERG Website for updates.   

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.

Yes, if you were denied or did not receive the full amount, you may apply again or for the remainder of the allowable grant dollars ($50,000 for one location/$100,000 for more than one location) 30 days first after you have submitted your first award or the opening of the second round whichever comes.  This also applies for businesses that were denied and have other items they wish to submit that fit the grant intent.

If you were denied on the initial (first) application:  You may adjust your application and apply 30 days after your initial application or at the opening of the second round  up to $50,000 per business maximum $100,000 for items.  Reminder – applicant can only spend $50,000 on each location.  We recommend that you review the FAQ’s and presentation to ensure your new application meets the requirement of the grant. 

If you received partial funding: You may submit to receive reimbursement or an award for different items that meet the requirements of the grant 30 days after your initial application date or the second round, whichever comes first.  The total combined applications cannot be larger than $50,000 per business maximum $100,000 for applicants with more than one location.  We recommend that you review the FAQ’s and presentation to ensure your new application meets the requirement of the grant. 

The reviewer team determined that your application did not comply with grant requirements.  There are  number of possible reasons, the most common including:

  • The applicant has not demonstrated that it has a “marketplace” -in other words, a business setting where customers purchase goods or services for money.  Examples of businesses that lack a marketplace would be an office environment without a customer presence, like a call center or a company that doesn’t interact with its customer -like a roofing company. 
    • Another common reason for denial is that the applicant has not described how the investment reduces infection, for example, the expansion of warehouse space or some other capital improvement that has no apparent nexus to infection control. 
    • Or, where the applicant seeks funding to expand into a brand-new line of business.
    • Also, where the applicant seeks funding for what we are calling “version 2.0” – an upgrade to existing equipment where the improvement in infection control is not specifically demonstrated.  The grant was not intended to support these types of investments.   

Floors that are being walked on would not be considered a frequently touched surface that would need replacement or enhanced cleaning in between uses.  Floors aren’t listed under CDC priorities for cleaning recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID; but nevertheless, cleaning floors is part of cleaning the general facility. Gym floor being walked on or run on would not be considered a frequently touched surface, but gyms with "high touch" activities such as yoga classes and childcare centers, could qualify as needing enhanced cleaning and potentially qualify for flooring replacement. Also, food service (which have items frequently dropped such as napkins and silverware) would qualify.

Potentially. If the redesign of your facility can reduce the spread of COVID-19, those costs associated may qualify.

Yes. The application provides a space to justify your purchases and explain how they are related to the purpose of the grant. If the expense is deemed justifiable, it will be approved and awarded.

No.  Taxes CANNOT be included in the application.  Sales taxes are the applicants cost.

No.  Employee costs are not allowable on this grant application.  Training related to COVID related topics are eligible.

No.  Purchases for employees only are not eligible. The intent of the grant is to reassure confidence in the economic marketplace and encourage people to feel safe about going back to stores.

No.  This grant is intended to increase activity and confidence in utilizing the marketplace and storefronts. 

No, the business must have a physical presence in North Dakota.

No.  Only North Dakota locations qualify for this grant.

Yes, as long as the business can prove a financial loss due to the COVID pandemic, was viable prior to March 1, 2020 and the application for COVID related expenses will encourage consumer confidence.

No, the ERG spirit of intent is to encourage consumer confidence in the marketplace through improvements to the business.  Regular repair and operation are not considered part of this grant.

Yes, shipping and handling charges can be included in the grant application.  Sales tax IS NOT allowable for this grant.

The application must include receipts or estimates for products which will be used in the North Dakota  businesses.  The applicant must have a physical location in North Dakota and be signed by an authorized legal representative of the company.  The ERG does not cover employee only items unless the company is part of essential supply chain and the products increase consumer confidence.

No, this grant is not intended to augment existing or new payroll.  You may use the funds to hire a contractor to do the work. You cannot hire a new employee to install the equipment.

No, you cannot be reimbursed for mileage on personal or business owned vehicles to move equipment or products to your workplace or to additional workplaces.  You may use the grant to reimburse shipping and handling on the invoice.

Yes, please be very clear in your application what the grant will be used for and how you operate your food truck.

No, once you have submitted the application it will start the review process.  If there are missing pieces to the application or questions, the reviewer will send the application back to the applicant via email.  The applicant will then have 72 hours to adjust. 

Yes.  You can order from a different vendor, but you may not order a different item.  If the item is under the price of your original quote, you will need to reimburse the state the difference.  If the pricing is over, that overage is your responsibility.

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