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Current News:

January 26, 2018 - The Board of University and School Lands (Land Board) announces a contingency grant available to oil and gas development-impacted political subdivisions including cities, counties, school districts, and other taxing districts.


The Energy Infrastructure and Impact Office (EIIO) will accept applications from eligible political subdivisions from February 1, 2018 through April 30, 2018.  Applications must be received by the EIIO no later than 1:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on April 30, 2018. These grant funds are intended to offset costs incurred for an emergency incident where the event is directly related to or impacted by oil and gas development and no other funding source is available to the political subdivision.


To apply, submit the grant application found at The application is available in a MS-Word version and an Adobe Acrobat version.   Application and supporting documents can be mailed to the address listed on the form, emailed to the EIIO address, or faxed.  Late applications will not be considered.  Applicants may supplement applications prior to the applications being scored and prepared for review by the advisory committee.


Applications must:

               1) Be signed by two appointed/elected officials, one being the primary fiscal officer;

               2) Address how current oil and gas development activities have impacted or caused damage to

     the applicant since December 6, 2017;

               3) Provide phases, or time lines, for project completion within a 24-month

                    window, if the project is approved for funding;

               4) Identify other funding sources available and, if so, how those funds, including local funds 

     would be made available, or if there are no other sources of funding available; and

               5) Provide supporting bids from contractors. Estimates will not considered.


Applications will be scored on a number of factors relating to:

          1) Objective- The project is directly related to local infrastructure impacted by oil and gas

               development activities.

          2) Project Readiness- The project is ready to move forward, has the necessary designs and bids

     by contractors, has been approved by local officials, and has the necessary funding in place.

3) Result of Energy Activity- The application defines how the project is directly related to oil and

     gas development activities.

4) Fiscal- The application defines how the project will be funded, listing all revenue sources. 

     If the grant is approved at less than the amount requested, the political subdivision can

     identify how the project would move forward and that the political subdivision would seek

     additional sources of funding.

5) Improves public health, welfare, safety- The application addresses each of these three factors

     and provides how each factor benefits the local citizens.


If no applications are received before 1:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on April 30, 2018, this grant announcement will automatically renew for the period of May 1, 2018 through July 31, 2018.  

Past News:

Energy Impact Grants To Airports

December 6, 2017 - The Board of University and School Lands (Land Board) awarded grants to a number of airports in western North Dakota impacted by oil development and activity.  These grants will help modernize and improve the facilities for a number of years to come. 


Four general aviation airports were awarded six energy impact grants which will complete the granting of funds appropriated by the 2015 Legislative Assembly.  The facilities awarded oil and gas impact grants by the Land Board are:


               Mohall Municipal Airport                Phase II SRE/Terminal Building                 $     70,000

                                                                               Relocate Fuel System                                  $     30,000


               Stanley Municipal Airport               Taxiway Expansion                                      $   170,000


               Tioga Municipal Airport                   Design GA Terminal Building                     $     80,000


               Watford City Municipal Airport     Land Acquisition                                          $   400,000

                                                                               Coordination, Fees, Appraisals                 $   550,000

                                                                                                                        TOTAL                  $1,300,000


Two commercial airports were awarded 17 energy impact grants, eleven grants to the Williston Airport and six grants to the Dickinson airport, respectively.  Almost $20 million of the $40 million appropriated for the 2017-2019 biennium were awarded. The appropriations were approved with Senate Bill 2013, as adopted by the 2017 Legislative Assembly.  There are also federal funds committed and available to support construction of these two facilities.


The facilities awarded impact grants are:


               Williston Municipal Airport             New Airport Construction – Phase I       $     858,521

                                                                               New Airport Construction – Phase II      $  3,061,852

                                                                               New Airport Construction – Phase III     $ 1,983,313

                                                                               Enbridge Pipeline Relocation                   $  4,734,500

                                                                               OneOK Pipeline Relocation                      $  2,218,640

                                                                               Commercial Service Apron                       $     279,225

                                                                               Design General Aviation Taxiways          $     340,234

                                                                               Design Crosswind Runway/Taxiway       $     261,675

                                                                               FAA Agreement #4 and #5                        $    495,000

                                                                               Procure FAA NAVAIDS                                $  4,046,040

                                                                               Design Perimeter Security Fence             $     221,000

                                                                                                                        SUB-TOTAL         $18,500,000


Dickinson Municipal Airport            FAA 2017 AIP#38                                        $       71,111

                                                                               FAA 2017 AIP#37                                        $     222,230

                                                                               NAVAID Reimbursable Agreement          $     267,224

                                                                               NAVAID Design and Coordination           $     481,500

                                                                               Wetland Mitigation                                    $     180,000

                                                                               Land Acquisition Prelim Services             $     180,000

                                                                                                                        SUB-TOTAL         $  1,402,065    


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