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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.


  • 2020 Tourism Main Street Expansion Grant ProgramThe purpose of the Main Street Expansion Grant Program is to support new or expanding businesses that provide an improved visitor experience, with an emphasis on attracting visitors to a city or town’s downtown.  

Economic Development & Finance

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 Planning Grant Main Street Summit Registration