North Dakota’s Commerce Department has begun accepting applications for the second round of the Hospitality Economic Resiliency Grant program. The agency has $30 million available to dole out.
The program covers businesses such as bars, restaurants and entertainment venues impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The grant money is to reimburse costs such as payroll, rent and utilities incurred after March 26, 2020.
“North Dakota has 3,400 restaurant and bar licenses throughout the state,” Interim Commerce Commissioner Shawn Kessel said. “So far, we have awarded 960 grants to restaurants and bars. This means many businesses have the opportunity to apply. We want all eligible to participate in this grant designed to strengthen our communities.”
Eligible businesses can apply for up to $25,000. Applicants with more than one facility are eligible for up to $75,000, capped at $25,000 per location. Grant recipients are required to comply with ND Smart Restart protocols.
Applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Grant recipients in the program's first round might be eligible for second round funds if the recipient received less than the full eligible amount.
The application window will close at 5 p.m. Central time on Feb. 25. More information is at https://belegendary.link/HERG.