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Current News:

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.

Past News:

On behalf of the North Dakota Board of University and School Lands (Land Board), the Energy Infrastructure and Impact Office is accepting grant applications from licensed basic care and nursing home facilities for a competitive grant process to address impacts resulting from oil and gas development. The Land Board has allocated $2 million of awards for this grant round:

  1. Up to $1,750,000 is available for awards for nursing home / basic care facilities located in oil-producing counties; and,
  2. Up to $250,000 to home health / hospice programs located within either Williston or Dickinson, North Dakota.

Basic Care/Nursing Home Facilities

Eligible licensed basic care and nursing home facilities are to submit a completed grant application with the following supporting documentation:

  • A copy of the most recent audited financial statement.
  • Quotes, detailed plans, and supporting documents are to be included in application.
  • Defining how oil impact in the coming two years will affect employee housing, childcare, and recruitment/retention efforts.

The Energy Impact Office will work with an advisory committee of key stakeholders to make recommendations to the Land Board, which approves the grants. A portion of the funds will be distributed through a formula-based calculation based on unreimbursed costs of up to 40%, not to exceed $150,000 per facility.  Criteria used in evaluating requests included in the formula-based calculation evaluates:

  1. Cost report data based on the July 2014 – June 2015 audited financial data;
  2. Adjustments for expenses related to unallowable housing expenses;
  3. Past operations related to operating over limits; and,
  4. Levels of unreimbursed costs

Any balance of unallocated funds would then be distributed via a competitive process, which will be limited to the potential of a $50,000 award per facility.  Priority consideration will be given to nursing facilities and basic care facilities who meet the greater number of:

  1. Operated at a loss in either of the facilities last two fiscal year ends;
  2. Has stopped or limited admissions due to staffing;
  3. Has high reliance’s on contracted agency staff;
  4. Exceeds the direct care, other direct or indirect care limits for nursing facilities or is a basic care facility and exceeds the direct and indirect limits;
  5. Has limited access to affordable housing;
  6. Has limited access to affordable childcare;
  7. Facility serves as a part of its operation, the low-income Medicaid population; or,
  8. Facility has seen reduction in days of service due to changes in population

Applications must address all criteria and selection will be based upon need and addressing the critical needs of staffing, affordable housing and accessible/ affordable daycare. No facility can receive more than $150,000 under the combined formula and competitive scoring processes. 

Home Health/Hospice Programs

The Energy Impact Office will work with an advisory committee of key stakeholders to make recommendations to the Land Board, which approves the grants. Eligible programs within the cities of Williston and Dickinson must submit application and provide narrative as to the impact oil development has had on their operations the past twenty-four months to be considered for distribution of funds up to $250,000 of grant funds.

The application forms and lists of required documentation are available on the Energy Impact Office web page: . This Internet site contains both a PDF and MS Word application form that can be completed on-screen.

Completed grant applications and supporting documentation must be received by the Energy Infrastructure and Impact Office no later than 1:00pm CDT on May 19, 2016.  Applications can be faxed to 701-328-3650, emailed to, or mailed through normal postal operations to the address listed at the top of page 1.

Award recommendations are anticipated to be finalized in early June 2017 and will be presented to the Board of University and School Lands (Land Board) by the end of June 2017.  Funds will not be disbursed to grant recipients until projects or assets have been completed or purchased.  Supporting documentation must be submitted along with a request for distribution of grant funds. The money will be disbursed as funds are available in the oil and gas impact grant fund which collects a portion of oil production taxes each month.

Questions regarding the grant round can be directed to the Energy Infrastructure and Impact Office at 701-328-2800.