Land Board Awards $6 Million in Energy Impact Grants
BISMARCK, N.D. – The Board of University and School Lands (Land Board) today awarded $5 million to further support critical access hospitals in North Dakota’s oil and gas region and $1 million to enhance regional services for disabled citizens.
“Working together, we continue to make great progress in addressing a wide range of impacts associated with growth throughout our oil and gas region,” said Gov. Jack Dalrymple, chairman of the five-member Land Board. “The state funds awarded today will help ensure that the region’s hospitals continue to provide quality health care and that our citizens with disabilities have access to the services they deserve to lead healthy, happy and full lives.”
Other Land Board members are Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, Secretary of State Al Jaeger, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler and State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt.
To help offset the costs of uncompensated patient care, the Land Board awarded the following grants to critical access hospitals:
- McKenzie County Memorial Hospital, Watford City - $1,753,219
- Tioga Medical Center, Tioga - $438,683
- Southwest Healthcare Services, Bowman - $90,877
- St. Luke’s Hospital, Crosby - $ 149,900
- St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center, Dickinson - $2,137,491
- Mountrail County Health Center, Stanley - $241,236
- St. Andrew’s Health Care, Bottineau - $188,594
The Land Board today also awarded $1 million to the following organizations who provide services to individuals with disabilities:
- ABLE, Inc., Dickinson - $156,795
- CORES, Inc., Bismarck - $58,638
- Easter Seals Goodwill ND, Inc., Mandan - $67,134
- Knife River Group Homes, Inc., Hazen - $11,112
- Minot Vocational Training Center, Minot - $309,700
- Opportunity Foundation, Williston - $115,453
- Pride, Inc., Bismarck - $530
- Rehab Services, Inc., Minot - $21,485
- REM North Dakota, Minot - $186,309
- Support Systems, Inc., Bismarck - $24,313
- Tri-City Cares, Inc., Stanley - $48,531
Since 2011, the state has appropriated more than a half-billion dollars in Energy Impact Grant funds alone, a small portion of the state’s overall commitment to helping the oil and gas region’s counties, cities, schools and other service providers address growth impacts. The fund supports a wide variety of public services including local law enforcement agencies, growing schools, rural fire districts, district health units and emergency medical providers. The grants also support the development of public infrastructure projects including county, township and city road improvements.
A full list of awards is available on the Energy Infrastructure and Impact Office website at www.nd.gov/energyimpact.