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Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) Technical Assistance Grant

Grants to North Dakota Agricultural Companies and
Individuals to Hire Consultants to Improve Operations

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North Dakota Department of Commerce

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Grants to North Dakota companies, IHEs, groups, and individuals to obtain technical assistance from qualified consultants for the purposes of enhancing markets for value-added agricultural products. The purpose of this program is to expand and maintain the state's existing value-added businesses. The grant is intended to help these businesses become more competitive, productive and profitable.

As per the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) used to categorize business; this would include companies who have a primary or secondary industrial code of 311 (food manufacturers) or 312 (beverage manufacturers). At its discretion, APUC may consider applications for technical assistance from other value-added businesses such as NAICS 111 (crop production) or 112 (animal production).

Eligible projects under the Technical Assistance Grant include but are not limited to the following:
-Assess needs
-Develop plans for improvement
-Implement those improvements
-Measure the benefits of those improvements

Examples of issues, opportunities or problems that companies may address through these improvements include but are not limited to:
-Bringing new products to market
-Improving cash flow
-Developing more profitable sales
-Addressing owner and/or key manager succession • reducing costs
-Conserving floor space
-Improving lead time to customers
-Improving employee safety
-Increasing manufacturing capacity
-Improving product quality
-Improving processes
-Reducing inventory levels
-Reducing maintenance costs and downtime
-Improving employee productivity
-Improving the retention of workers

APUC will fund only technical assistance services which are part of an agreed to scope of work between the value-added business and the third party contractor/consultant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177914

Estimated Size of Grant:

Generally, proposals are not limited to a specific dollar amount. However, APUC’s grant monies are finite, and as a mechanism to optimize opportunities, some categories of grants may have limitations on allowable costs that may be included in the project budget. Grant requests may include an additional fiscal agent administrative fee up to 5 percent of the amount requested, not to exceed $5,000 for their services.

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:

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 may apply.

Applicants must secure a qualified fiscal agent for the purpose of administering the project budget and grant funds for the duration of the project.

Non-eligible projects under the Technical Assistance Grant include but are not limited to the following:
-Acquisition of buildings, equipment and/or vehicles
-Capital for the finance / refinance of business loans
-Compensation for employees

Technical Assistance Grants will not fund equipment, salaries or ongoing operational expenses for existing operations.

Pre-Application Information:

Generally, grant applicants must commit a minimum match dollar investment of 25 percent of the total amount requested from APUC, exclusive of the fiscal agent administrative fee. In-kind support must not exceed 50 percent of the total match funding.

Applicants are encouraged to visit with APUC staff and with economic advisors prior to their submission.

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.

-December 1
-March 1
-June 1
-September 1

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Contact Information:

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

John F. Schneider, Director

Sherry Leno, Program Specialist

North Dakota Department of Commerce
1600 E. Century Ave., Suite 2
Bismarck, ND 58503

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USA: North Dakota