UND is among several entities that received grants from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration.

In total, more that $1.2 million in grants were given to North Dakota cities, tribes and colleges from a variety of federal agencies. The grants were announced by the office of Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.

UND received $100,000 to fund the fourth year of a five-year University Center Economic Development program at the university for autonomous systems innovation.

Other EDA grant recipients include:

  • The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Sioux, Three Affiliated and Standing Rock Sioux Tribes each received $153,000 to support the development and implementation of comprehensive economic development strategies.

  • The Native American Development Center received $30,000 to address community needs for business technical assistance and entrepreneurship support.

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The following groups received grants from AmeriCorps:

  • The Souris Basin Planning Council received $140,000 to expand the Souris Basin Community Builder Program’s capacity in rural North Dakota and strengthen communities.

  • Sitting Bull College received $119,875 for national service resources.

The National Science Foundation awarded $249,962 to North Dakota State University for communication network infrastructure research, and The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation awarded the following two grants:

  • The city of West Fargo received $75,000 to enhance existing meters to enable integration with the city’s advanced metering infrastructure system. This will enable the city to provide customers with real-time water usage data and more accurately bill for water use.

  • The Northeast Regional Water District received $75,000 to upgrade the residential and bulk user metering capabilities on the North Valley Water District Branch of the system.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded the following two grants to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians:

  • $124,615 to record the voices of the last remaining fluent speakers of Anishinaabemowin in the community, so their stories can be shared with future generations.

  • $10,000 to hire a part-time staff member so its library can extend its evening hours.