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Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) Marketing and Utilization Grant

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Grants to North Dakota businesses, individuals, IHEs, and groups to develop new marketing strategies for agricultural products and by-products. Funding is intended to support market analyses to develop data-driven marketing plans that will have a positive impact on the local economy. Grants may be used to seek new markets and ideas to promote North Dakota agricultural products and by-products. The products should be new to the particular area targeted for the marketing promotion or should be an expansion of a use or uses of existing products.

The Commission prefers proposals that will encourage the creation of jobs and industry within the agricultural economy of North Dakota, or provide an outlet for products that normally have not been marketed through an existing marketing business. Applicants are encouraged to research the potential market for their products, estimate the financial possibilities of these markets, and present a plan of action in their grant application. A realistic timeline for success must be considered. The proposal should exhibit the expansion of jobs in the agricultural economy where the project will take place and the economic impact on the area.

Examples of Eligible Projects:

  • Development or implementation of a sound marketing plan
  • Marketing of an agricultural product or by-product
  • Conduct a feasibility study of proposed business venture
  • Conduct a market analysis

The fundamental mission of APUC is to create new wealth and employment opportunities through the development of new and expanded uses of North Dakota agricultural products. To further this mission, APUC will consider grant requests which:

  • Lead to and result in new and/or expanded uses for the agricultural products of North Dakota;
  • Provide processes and/or technologies that improve efficiencies in productivity and value-added;
  • Are agriculture-based products preferred by consumers;
  • Diversify agricultural crop and animal industries and collateral uses for agricultural resources;
  • Focus industry and jobs creation efforts in rural areas of the state;
  • Include matching funds from other sources, public or private; and
  • Include a framework for timely progress toward stated objectives.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175331

Estimated Size of Grant:

Generally, proposals are not limited to a specific dollar amount.

Term of Contract:

Generally, grants are funded for a single year or for the duration of a designated-term project. With justification, multi-year projects are considered and, if awarded, subject to annual review and funding renewal. Under unusual circumstances, generally beyond the control of the grantee, the funding period can be extended. The duration of the extension can be negotiated with APUC staff if adequate justification is provided.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible candidates for this grant are companies registered with the North Dakota Secretary of State (SOS), higher education agencies, groups, and individuals interested in creating new wealth and employment opportunities through new and expanded uses of North Dakota agricultural products are encouraged to apply.

Individuals, a group of individuals or an individual on behalf of a group to organize a cooperative may apply. If a cooperative, the principals in the organization should be individuals rather than a previously existing corporation and those individuals must have some type of cooperative agreement between themselves, which will ensure proper accountability for the proposed plan. This may be a formal or informal agreement, but proof of an agreement must exist. Individuals and cooperatives are encouraged to seek marketing partners within the state of North Dakota.

Marketing and Utilization Grants will not fund equipment, salaries, or ongoing operational expenses for existing operations.

Pre-Application Information:

2022 Deadlines: January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1.

Applicants are invited to present their proposals to the Commission on a quarterly basis. Thirty minutes are allowed for each presentation, including a question and answer period. A maximum of 15 qualified presentations will be heard each quarter. The Commission typically holds its meetings within one month following the deadline.

Matching Funds
Enhanced consideration will be given to projects which demonstrate a commitment for funding from the applicant or from other private or public sources. Matching funds may be in the form of cash and in-kind services. Generally, grant applicants must commit a minimum match dollar investment of 25 percent of the total amount requested from APUC. In-kind support must not exceed 50 percent of the total match funding and must be supported by a detailed explanation as to how that amount was comprised (prior approval required). Approved indirect costs may qualify as matching funds.

Applicants are only eligible for one grant per project.

APUC Application Process:


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For initial review, applications may be submitted electronically to Bradley Dean, Agriculture Development Specialist, at

Final grant applications must be mailed to:
North Dakota Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Products Utilization Commission
600 E Boulevard Ave Dept 602
Bismarck ND 58505-0020

For more information, contact Brad Dean at (701) 955-0181.

John Schneider
Business, Marketing & Information Division Director
(701) 319-6958

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