Job Development Authority

The Dunn County Board of County Commissioners has created a Job Development Authority within the guidelines of North Dakota Century Code Chapter 11-11.1. The Job Development Authority uses the following programs to encourage and assist in the development of both employment and tourism within Dunn County. Program information and applications are available under each program's link.

Supporting the Next Generation of Business Leaders! SCHOLARSHIP

The JDA Board of Directors is offering scholarships to graduating Dunn County High School Seniors in 2024. Applicants must reside within Dunn County and be planning to further their education beyond high school. Students may apply in the category that best fits their eligibility. Scholarships will be dispersed during the second semester of the awardees freshman year of college.


Business Start-Up and Expansion Grant

New or expanding businesses located in Dunn County are encouraged to contact the JDA to explore their eligibility for start-up or expansion funding. Staff can assist applicants with the application process.


Storefront Renovation Grant

The JDA offers storefront renovation grants to encourage the occupancy and renovation of vacant and dilapidated buildings and retail and commercial buildings in high-traffic areas throughout Dunn County. Eligible properties must be located within the county and the improvements must accent a retail or professional business storefront. Applicants may apply for up to $5,000 in matching funds towards the improvement.


Marketing & Signage Grant

The Dunn County JDA offers a program for businesses that provides a matching grant up to $1,000. Eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to: exterior signs, window signs, awning and canopy signage and labor (construction and installation).


Dunn County Down Payment Assistance Program (DPI)

The Make Dunn County Home Program is a down payment assistance program managed through the Dunn County JDA. The program provides down payment grants, structured as forgivable loans, to home buyers purchasing or building within Dunn County. Qualifying homes must be financed through a North Dakota lender and the home must be the participants primary residence. The program is not income based, rather it focuses on encouraging people to live and love the community where they work. Funding is subject to availability. Contact the JDA Office for more information.


Bank of North Dakota PACE & FLEX PACE Interest Buy-Down

The Dunn County JDA will participate in the Bank of North Dakota PACE family of programs on approved application basis. Applications must be made through the JDA and participation in loan buy-downs will be determined by the board of directors. Estimated application approval time is three to four weeks, if all necessary information is provided at the time of application. If you are interested in participating in one of the PACE programs, contact the JDA Office.


Microloan Program

The purpose of this program is to encourage creation, expansion and stability of small business in Dunn County. Applications are taken throughout the year and applicants are encouraged to work with the JDA staff or the Small Business Development Center to complete the application process. Loans are limited to $5,000 and are repayable over a three-year-term.


Dunn County JDA Revolving Loan Fund

The Dunn County JDA operates a RFL for loans to qualifying business owners seeking alternative or gap financing up to $20,000. Under this fund, the applicant(s) must be in Dunn County and employ one to 10 people or be a new venture that would be located in and employ people in Dunn County. The fund will cover no more than 50% of project costs up to $20,000, whichever is less, in any one application or combination of applications under this fund.

Funds are subject to availability. 


Dunn County Young Farmer Grant


What can a Young Farmer Grant do for you?

Young Farmer Grants are designed to provide a flexible boost to young farmers building long-term careers in agriculture. This fund can be used for anything that will further your goals as a farmer, even if that means just getting started. The goal of this fund is to provide financial assistance for any cost that currently limits your ability to start, run, or grow your operation in the way you’d like.

Utilization of these funds may be geared toward projects that provide creative solutions to farm labor, Natural Resource Stewardship, economic diversification of your farm or ranching operation, as well as use of modern technology to improve workflow or production. Grant funding may support completing a project, be applied towards the purchasing a new piece of equipment, covering operating costs such as seeds and compost, building new infrastructure, attending a farmer training program or conference, or hiring additional farm labor.