BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Commerce has opened the application period for the Economic Resiliency Grant program.

The application period opened on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

The ERG is designed to enhance revenue in both the immediate and long-term future by growing consumer confidence. The grant, according to information from the department, will provide funding to private companies operating in North Dakota for costs associated with business improvements to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection and instill consumer confidence in the marketplace.

Eligible applicants may qualify to receive grant funding up to $50,000 per business and up to $100,000 per business with multiple locations for direct investments that help create a safe environment for both employees and consumers.

Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Funding will be approved if the application meets all criteria and funding is available. Additional information can be found at belegendary.link/ERG.

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“I am pleased to announce the opening of the Economic Resiliency Grant for North Dakota businesses on Wednesday,” Commerce Commissioner Michelle Kommer said in a statement. “We look forward to assisting businesses in making infection-control improvements to inspire customers to return to the marketplace – safely. I encourage eligible businesses to pursue this opportunity to help create a resilient economy.”