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Renewable Energy Program (REP)

Grants to North Dakota Individuals, Corporations, and Agricultural
Producer Cooperatives to Develop Renewable Energy Resources

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Grants to North Dakota individuals, corporations, partnerships, agricultural producer cooperatives, and other entities to advance the development of renewable sources of energy and related commercial applications. Funding is intended to support research, education, marketing, and development of renewable energy products, materials, and resources, and to further energy technology.

The Program's responsibilities include providing financial assistance as appropriate to foster the development of renewable energy and related industrial use technologies including, but not limited to, wind, biofuels, advanced biofuels, biomass, biomaterials, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, and renewable hydrogen through research, development, demonstration and commercialization. In addition the Program shall promote research and utilization of renewable energy co-product utilization for livestock feed, human food products and industrial use technologies.

Any project proposing education, research, development, or marketing of renewable energy resources, materials or products, or advanced energy technology is eligible for a contract under this Program. In all cases, projects must demonstrate a high probability of advancing to a commercially viable stage supported by a road map to commercialization, must have significant involvement from a North Dakota private entity and not be duplicative of other research or demonstration projects or technology in the Upper Great Plains Region. An entity may apply for grants for different phases of a project, provided appropriate benchmarks are in place and earlier phases have been deemed successful by the Council and Commission. 

For examples of eligible projects, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 186038

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The Council may award multiple grants or loans for different phases of a project, provided appropriate benchmarks are in place and earlier phases have been deemed successful by the Council and Commission.

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Grants or loans may be of any amount up to a maximum of $500,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any person, corporation, partnership, cooperative, association, cooperating agricultural producers organized through a limited liability corporation or cooperative, or other appropriate entity, or consortium of such parties, may apply for funds under this Program.

With regard to site-specific feasibility studies, only owners of facilities, sponsors of projects or operators having effective control of a facility or project may apply.

Applicants who do not own or control or have the clear and firm commitment of ownership or control are ineligible for feasibility study assistance. Any interested person in doubt as to eligibility should contact the Commission.

The following activities or uses are ineligible for funding under this Program:
a. Business startup capital.
b. Business working capital.
c. Business advertising or promotional expenses pertaining to a specific company or entity.
d. Unallowable expenses include i) food and beverages unless a) the express purpose of the project is to educate individuals outside of the grantee’s agency and the costs are being used during those educational meetings for individuals outside of the grantee’s agency and b) unless the meetings include an individual(s) outside the grantee’s entity and are incurred for the furtherance of the project or for the express purpose of disseminating project information and ii) travel unless directly related to the achievement of the project. Costs incurred for travel to conferences not in furtherance of the project may not be considered as match funding.
e. Indirect costs in excess of the federal rate may be granted on a case by case basis. It should be noted that the lower the amount of indirect costs the higher the priority given to an application.
f. Sponsorship of conferences.
g. Expenses incurred prior to submission of application. Note, applicants may incur expenses after submission of their proposal for which they intend to seek reimbursement; however, they do so at their own risk as the Council/Commission may not award funding.

Pre-Application Information:

The next application deadline date is February 1, 2020. Grant round deadline dates will be February 1 and August 1 of each year.

Applications must be accompanied with the application contribution of $100.

Any grants, loans, or other financial assistance must be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis. A higher priority will be given to those applications having private industry investment equal to at least 50% or more of total cost.

A grant or loan may not exceed fifty percent of the total project cost. Commission funding must be matched with industry or other sources (e.g., various federal government agencies, non-profit organizations) of cash or in-kind services (contributed equipment, materials, or services). In-kind services may not exceed fifty percent of the total Commission funding amount. The value of in-kind match funding must be verified with appropriate documentation.

Contact Information:

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

Email application to Karlene Fine at

Submit two copies to:
North Dakota Industrial Commission
Attn: Renewable Energy Development Program
State Capitol, 14th Floor
600 E Boulevard Ave. Dept. 405
Bismarck, ND 58505-0840

Phone: 701-328-3722
Fax: 701-328-2820

Michelle Kommer
Phone: (701)328-5300
Fax: (701)328-5320

Questions can be addressed to Andrea Pfennig at 328-3786

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