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Purpose: The purpose of a Rural Facility Planning Grant is to provide funding to support the planning and development of empty or soon-to-be empty facilities or buildings in rural areas. This grant is aimed at improving the quality of life, services, and opportunities for residents in rural communities.

Mission: The North Dakota Department of Commerce leads the efforts to attract, retain and expand wealth and talent in North Dakota.

Program Objectives:

Support communities in developing comprehensive plans that outline the potential uses of the facilities, with a focus on multi-use concepts, including housing, community spaces, workforce training facilities, and business incubators. Encourage collaboration with relevant organizations and agencies to leverage resources and expertise in addressing empty or soon-to-be empty facilities.

Identify community champions who will advocate for and drive the project forward if deemed feasible. Empower rural communities through the repurposing of facilities, enhancing their resilience and ability to adapt to changing economic conditions.

Eligibility: Eligible activities can include multi-use facilities that include housing, community spaces, workforce training facilities, business incubators, or other activities for community benefit.

  • Eligible Entities – City, County, Economic Development organization (JDA, regional Councils, EDC, CVB) and local tribal entities  

How much funding is available? Up to $50,000 per community  

  • Rural shall be defined as any community or region, based on the application, with a population of less than 10,000.  

Matching Requirements: Minimum of a 10% match (cash or in-kind).



OPEN:  Monday, December 18 - Application period is now closed.

CLOSE: Friday, February 9 

AWARD:  Monday, February 19

Project Timeline: All projects must be completed within 18 months of award notification. 


Application Guidelines:

You can view the application questions here, but please note that you MUST apply via the portal.  Only online applications via the portal will be accepted.