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).
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.
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.
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.