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Grant Programs

The North Dakota Department of Commerce offers a variety of grant and loan programs. Please use the links below to find information about programs that may meet your needs.


Economic Development & Finance

  • Partners in Marketing - Provides grants of up to $25,000 per biennium to local professional economic development organizations for marketing activities that promote primary sector business or workforce attraction, retention or expansion.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

  • Research North Dakota - Provides matching dollars to ND universities to assists private partners/companies in performing research, development and commercialization of specific projects.
  • Biotechnology Research Grants - Provides dollars to designated projects to conduct research on and develop and commercialize vaccines and antibodies for the prevention of, treatment of, or cure for cancer; virally infectious diseases; or other pathogens.

Workforce Development

  • Workforce Enhancement- Provides funding for designated two-year colleges and tribally controlled community colleges to develop or expand training programs that address the needs of business and industry.

  • Operation Intern- Provides matching funds to help expand the number of internship, work experience and apprenticeship positions with North Dakota employers.
  • Early Childhood Education Grant Program -  Provides funding for public and private Early Childhood Education programs serving four year old children that are eligible for free or reduced lunches.


Community Services

  • Energy Conservation Grants - Assist North Dakota political subdivisions in making energy efficiency improvements to public buildings.


  • Tourism Expansion - Provides grants for private business and non-profit organizations to fund infrastructure and building needs at new or expanding tourist and recreational facilities.
  • Tourism Events - Provides grants for tourism and community partners to expand their marketing for events and festivals.
  • Tourism Marketing - Provides grants for individual businesses, communities and tourism marketing organizations to promote North Dakota attractions and activities.
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