• State Energy Program (SEP)

    The State Energy Program (SEP) promotes energy efficiency and conservation and is supported by financial and technical assistance through the U.S. Department of Energy. Community Services makes SEP funds available to applicants for a variety of energy efficiency related activities. These include energy education, installation of energy efficient measures (building audits, lighting retrofits, HVAC upgrades, etc), transportation initiatives (alternative fuel vehicles and fueling systems) and renewable energy technologies (small scale wind turbines and solar technologies).

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  • Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

    The program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.

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  • Community Development Loan Fund (Lewis & Clark)

    The Community Development Loan Fund (CDLF) is available to businesses located in all cities and counties within the Region (except the City of Bismarck) for economic development infrastructure or to make loans to businesses creating or saving jobs for low and moderate income persons.

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  • Capital II Fund

    The CAPITAL II Fund is a blend of local funds and funds from USDA-Rural Development. Its purpose is to provide flexible and accessible loans to for-profit businesses and cooperatives within the Region, except within the City of Bismarck.

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  • Capital I Fund

    The CAPITAL I Fund is a blend of local funds and funds from the EDA. Its purpose is to provide flexible and accessible loans to for profit businesses within the Region.

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  • SBA Microloan Program

    Lake Agassiz has been offering the Microloan Program since 1993. The program provides fixed-rate financing for new and existing small businesses in North Dakota. Eligible entrepreneurs can access as much as $50,000 for working capital, inventory and equipment needs

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  • EDA Revolving Loan Fund (Lake Agassiz)

    This program began as a grant from the Economic Development Administration in the aftermath of the 1997 flood disaster. The fund is currently available to all businesses in Cass, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele and Traill Counties in North Dakota. Eligible entrepreneurs can access a maximum of $250,000 or one-third the total project cost, whichever amount is lower. These funds are usually subordinated to bank financing. This program is typically used to fund industrial or primary sector projects, however, retail and service sector projects are eligible.

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  • Community Development Loan Fund (Lake Agassiz)

    A component of the Community Development Block Grant, the CDLF provides flexible financing options for new and existing businesses in the region with the exception of businesses located within the city of Fargo.

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  • Main Street Tourism Outdoor Recreation Grant

    The North Dakota Department of Commerce 2022 Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Main Street Grant is meant to support new or expanding businesses that provide new outdoor recreation opportunities, improved visitor experiences, and with an emphasis on attracting visitors and visitor dollars to North Dakota communities. The 2022 Main Street Outdoor Recreation Grant is a 2:1 matching grant program and all grant payments are made to reimburse expenses.

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  • USDA Intermediary Relending Program

    This program supports and encourages business development in rural North Dakota communities. Eligible entrepreneurs can access as much as $250,000 for purchase of real estate, fixed assets, working capital and inventory.

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  • Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program

    Lake Agassiz Development Group administers the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program throughout the state of North Dakota. This program provides funds to boost small business development, create new jobs and strengthen economies in rural communities.

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  • Rural Growth Incentive Program

    The North Dakota Development Fund (NDDF) manages the Rural Growth Incentive (RGI) Program which provides loans to RGI cities for a qualifying business. RGI cities must have a population less than 2,500 and be certified as a RGI city by the Dept. of Commerce. The city must raise dollar-for-dollar matching funds. A qualifying business must provide an essential service to the city which is determined by the city’s governing body and the Dept. of Commerce.

    Grant dollars of up to $10,000 are available to RGI cities for a feasibility study related to an essential business.

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