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Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) Grants

Grants to North Dakota Businesses, Universities, and
Groups to Create Jobs and Wealth Through Agriculture

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North Dakota Department of Commerce

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10/01/18 Receipt


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Grants of up to $5,000 to North Dakota businesses, institutions of higher education, groups, and individuals for projects that will generate employment opportunities and new wealth through the development of local agricultural products. Preference will be given to proposals deemed most likely to generate economic returns and support agricultural-based prosperity of a region or sector of the State. Applicants should demonstrate that they add value to North Dakota agriculture. Priority will be given to applicants in non-urban centers.


The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) derives its mission and authority from the North Dakota Century Code (4-14.1) which permits administering grant programs for basic and applied research, marketing and utilization, nature based agri-tourism, technical assistance for value-added businesses, farm diversification, agricultural prototype development, and agricultural technologies. To enact these grant programs, APUC considers proposals that are consistent with the Code and address opportunities in agricultural product research, development, processing, technologies, and marketing.

Grant categories:
-Basic and Applied Research
-Marketing and Utilization
-Farm Diversification
-Nature-Based Agri-Tourism

To further the mission, the funding source will consider grant request which:
-Lead to and result in new and/or expanded uses for agricultural products of North Dakota;
-Provide processes and/or technologies that improve efficiencies in productivity and value added;
-Are agricultural based products preferred by consumers;
-Diversify agricultural crop and animal industries and collateral uses for agricultural resources;
-Focus industry and job creation in rural areas of the State;
-Include matching funds from other sources, private or public; and
-Include a framework for timely progress towards stated objectives.

Program Emphasis:

Priority consideration is given to projects most consistent with the mission of APUC. APUC actuates the policy and purpose of Century Code section 4-14.1-01 and provides judgments on the extent to which any proposal meets that policy and purpose. Emphasis will be given to those proposals deemed most likely to generate economic returns and support agricultural-based prosperity of a region or sector of the state.

Geographic Consideration:

The majority of APUC’s funding is derived from rural North Dakota. Accordingly, preference will be given to proposals which center efforts on non-urban locales. When the proposal requires specific research which cannot possibly be carried out in rural North Dakota, consideration will be given to the ultimate development and commercialization of the results of the proposal, with the same rural preference.

APUC encourages and facilitates new agricultural products and processes within the state of North Dakota for the benefit of the state and its people. Grantees are expected to respect this objective and use any innovation funded by the program within North Dakota, or at a minimum demonstrate the direct benefit for North Dakota.

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GrantWatch ID#: 178648

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Qualifying APUC grants are for North Dakota companies that add value to North Dakota agriculture.

Companies registered with the North Dakota SOS, higher education agencies, groups, and individuals may apply.

Companies from outside of North Dakota must have a relationship with a North Dakota partner to validate the credibility of their proposal.

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

Pre-Application Information:

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, exclusive of the fiscal agent administrative fee. 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.

The Commission typically holds its funding review meetings within one month following the submission deadline. A maximum of 15 qualifying applicants from each grant classification are invited to present their proposals to the Commission on a quarterly basis. An agenda is forwarded to each qualifying applicant shortly after the submission of the proposal. Thirty minutes are allowed for each presentation, to include a question and answer period.

Applicants are advised to review the guidelines for the program component for which they intend to apply (see Supporting Documents below).

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

2018 Application Deadlines:
-January 1
-April 1
-July 1
-October 1

2018 Quarterly Meeting Dates:
-March 21-22
-May Meeting is Canceled
-July 24-25
-November 14-15

Application Process:

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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

North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission
1600 East Century Ave. Suite 2
PO Box 2057
Bismarck, ND 58502-2057

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USA: North Dakota