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Criminal Justice Oil Impact Funding

Criminal Justice Oil Impact Funds

Applications are now being accepted for the Criminal Justice Oil Impact Funds appropriated in the 64th Legislative Session.  All applications must be post marked no later than May 20, 2015.

Program Description

The purpose of the Criminal Justice Oil Impact funding is to assist local criminal justice entities in addressing crime related issues that have affected oil-producing and oil-impacted areas of the state as a result of oil-producing activities. Funds will be awarded through a competitive grant process to programs demonstrating oil-related criminal impact and proposing the most effective methods of improving the criminal justice system and reducing oil‑related crime and violence. Special consideration will be given to oil-producing counties of Adams, Billings, Bottineau, Bowman, Burke, Divide, Dunn, Golden Valley, Hettinger, McHenry, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Mountrail, Renville, Slope, Stark, Ward, and Williams.

Eligible Program Participants

Applicants must be:

  • Located in an oil-producing county.  These counties include:  Adams, Billings, Bottineau, Bowman, Burke, Divide, Dunn, Golden Valley, Hettinger, McHenry, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Mountrail, Renville, Slope, Stark, Ward, and Williams.     


  • Located in an oil-impacted county.  (For the purpose of this funding, an oil-impacted county is defined as a county outside of the oil producing counties that has experienced an increase in crime related issues which originated in oil-producing counties.)  (A clear and compelling explanation of the impact MUST be included in the application.)

Applying agencies must serve a criminal justice purpose and must be considered to be part of a city, county, or a domestic violence prevention program.

State agencies and Tribes are not eligible for funding.

All other non-government agency applicants must partner with criminal justice agencies, and must provide a signed Memorandum of Understanding between participating law enforcement agencies and the applicant agency.  

Local units of government must be the legal applicant and recipient of funds.  A unit of local government is any city, county, or other political subdivision of a state. 

Local law enforcement agencies must be current with UCR reporting or provide a plan to become current by July 1, 2015.

Types of Programs Funded

Oil Impact Funding can be used for local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice for any one or more of the following purpose areas:

  • Law enforcement
  • Prevention/education
  • Corrections/alternatives to detention
  • Treatment
  • Prosecution/courts
  • Technology improvement
  • Victim Witness/Domestic Violence (other than victim/witness compensation)

Application/Award Process

Oil Funding Application PDF


Applications can be downloaded from this website (see above) or by contacting the Grants Management Section at 701-328-5500 or bciinfo@nd.gov.


  • May 1, 2015
Application availabe.
  • May 20, 2015
Applications are due.
  • June 24-25, 2015
North Dakota Drug and Violent Crime Policy Board meets for the purpose of awarding funds.
  • July 2015
Following Land Board's meeting, award/denial letters are distributed.
  • July 1, 2015
Grant period begins/Grantee projects commence.
  • June 30, 2017
Grant period ends.

Maximum Award

There are no predetermined minimum or maximum amounts for which you can apply.

Match Requirements

The Land Board has expressed a preference for match requirements of 10% for oil-producing counties and 25% for oil-impacted counties. Match requirements have been waived for multi-jurisdictional task forces. Percentages are based on total project cost.  Match funds must be in cash, not in‑kind, and should be identified before applying for grant funding.

Prohibited Uses

Oil Impact Funding cannot be used for:

  • Land acquisition
  • Expenses of federal staff
  • Victim/witness compensation
  • Construction or remodeling projects 
  • Bonuses and commissions
  • Lobbying
  • Fundraising
  • State and local taxes
  • Entertainment/social activities
  • Fines and Penalties
  • Tips
  • Bar/alcohol charges

Program Funding Period and Length of Award

The Oil Impact Funding grant award will commence July 1, 2015 and continue through June 30, 2017.  Grants will be awarded for 24 months and continued funding is not guaranteed. Successful applicants are encouraged to secure local funding so that projects may be continued. In the case of personnel requests, all applicants must provide a viable contingency plan with their application.


Reimbursement and expenditure reports and progress reports will be available by contacting Ann Scott at (701) 328-5506 or amscott@nd.gov

Send Applications to

PO BOX 1054
Bismarck, ND  58502-1054

Contact Information

Ann Scott, Grants-Contracts Officer II