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May 25, 2017

Re: 2017 Grant Announcement for a Provider to Developmental Disabilities

On behalf of the North Dakota Board of University and School Lands (Land Board), the Energy Infrastructure and Impact Office is accepting applications from a community based provider to developmental disabilities for financial assistance when impacted by oil and gas development activities. Allocations for the current biennium were re-appropriated in HB 1015, Section 14 of the 65th Legislative Assembly. Qualifying entities must be located in an oil producing county, operating intermediate care facilities, with locations in both the Northwest and North Central human service regions of the state.  The recipient may use the grant proceeds only to provide settlement for any amounts owed to the Department of Human Services (DHS) or a bank.  The DHS may use a portion of the settlement payments received from the provider for repayments to the federal government.

Before any grant funding is considered, the Land Board must receive an application for consideration and certification of (attached to the application):

  • A copy of the audit settlement from DHS;
  • Documentation that provides exhaustive insurance recovery options; and,
  • Documentation of any funds owed to a bank.

The DHS will assist the Energy Infrastructure and Impact Office in reviewing the applications and making recommendations to the Land Board, which approves the grants.


Completed grant applications and supporting documentation must be submitted to the Energy Infrastructure and Impact Office and received by 1:00PM July 6, 2017. Applications can be submitted by e-mail to, faxed to

701-328-3650, or mailed through normal postal operations. 

Award notifications are expected in August 2017.

Past News:

April 27, 2017

Earlier today the Board of University and School Lands (Land Board) approved 28 grants to EMS organizations in western North Dakota that have been impacted by oil and gas production.  The total amount of grant funds awarded was $2,315,102 and will support equipment and vehicle updates, volunteer stipends, advanced medical training, and staff funding to help continue services in areas where emergency calls have increased substantially since 2009.  This round of grant funding completes the appropriation set forth in the 2015-2017 Legislative Session.

The Land Board, and the Department of Trust Lands, also would like to thank the EMS Advisory Committee members and the Health Department for their careful consideration and providing recommendations to the Land Board and State of North Dakota.  Without their institutional knowledge and wisdom these grants would have been most difficult to assess and judge fairly and equitably.  A copy of the award roster can be found at: Energy Infrastructure & Impact Office

The Land Board is made up of Governor Doug Burgum, Secretary of State Al Jaeger, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler.