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The Energy Conservation Grant, administered by Community Services, assists North Dakota political subdivisions in making energy efficiency improvements to public buildings.

Energy conservation projects in nonfederal public buildings owned by political subdivisions may qualify for consideration. Awards are available up to $100,000 and a 50% cash match is required. Projects that meet the qualifications will be awarded on a first come, first served basis and are subject to funding availability.

Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Installation of insulation
  • Installation of efficient lighting
  • Heating, venting, and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades
  • Weather sealing
  • Replacement of windows and doors
  • Other energy conservation projects that meet the required payback period

To Apply

  1. Review the Qualifications & Guidelines below to determine if the project is a fit for the Energy Conservation Grant Program.
  2. Determine the energy savings estimated for the project and have the appropriate entity complete the Energy Savings Analysis form.
  3. Complete the Section 106 Clearance form if the building is more than 49 years old.
  4. Obtain a bid(s) for work to be done.
  5. Complete the application form and send it along with the documents listed above to:
    Cameron Hayes
    North Dakota Department of Commerce
    1600 E. Century Avenue
    Bismarck, ND  58503

For information about the program, contact Cameron Hayes, Program Administrator at (701) 328-6868.


Qualifications & Guidelines

  • Projects must be an energy efficiency retrofit to a facility owned by a nonfederal political subdivision.
  • Projects need to have a combined payback period of 10 years or less for the total estimated cost of the project. Only one building is allowed per application, however, multiple energy conservation measures can be combined on that building to determine the overall energy savings.
  • Projects must save energy and will need to have proper analysis conducted to verify energy savings. Community Services reserves the right to review all energy savings calculations.
    • Projects under $50,000 will require confirmation of energy savings and payback period from Community Services or other appropriate entity as approved by Community Services. Complete the Energy Saving Analysis Application to request confirmation.
    • Projects $50,000 and over will require confirmation of energy savings and payback period from an engineering firm. SEP grants are available to assist with the associated costs.
  • Projects with buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, or 50 years old or older will need approval from the State Historical Society.
  • Applicants must certify that projects will comply with State solid waste management requirements.
  • Applicants must certify that projects will comply with EPA's Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule.
  • If there is no activity within 3 months of award, the award may be terminated and the funds may be reallocated.
  • Funds will be provided on a reimbursement basis with appropriate supporting documentation.
  • Projects that were started prior to July 1, 2013 are not eligible to apply.

Commerce will provide the confirmation of energy savings when able. To request assistance, please complete the application below. If you have difficulties, please contact Cameron Hayes.

Submit an Energy Savings Analysis Application