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North Dakota Unemployment Benefits

North Dakota
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • If you've lost your job or been laid off, you can file for unemployment
  • If you've already filed for unemployment insurance, you can also apply for a 13-week benefit extension
  • Independent contractors, gig workers, and self-employed can file "Pandemic Unemployment Assistance" (this is for people who do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

North Dakota
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • Basic Care Assistance
  • Child Care Assistance
  • Healthy Steps Children's Health Insurance Program
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Food assistance for families of North Dakota children who qualify for free and reduced school meals.

Personal Emergency Relief Fund

Springboard for the Arts
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • Artists and creative workers of all disciplines affected in Minnesota can request $500 to support them in this moment
  • See fund guidelines inside the program.
July 1, 2020

Reimbursement for SNAP Recipients

Expensify.Org
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • Reimbursement of SNAP grocery purchases up to $50 per family to purchase additional essential goods
  • Open to all registered recipients of SNAP program

Student Loan Relief Program

Bank of North Dakota
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • Borrowers may request to defer payments on their student loans for six months (on Bank of North Dakota backed loans)

Indigenous Arts and Entrepreneurship Grant

NDN Collective
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • The Fund will provide grants of up to $5,000 to ease these current hardships in this time of economic uncertainty.
  • All art forms and genres are eligible.
  • Eligibility requirements are included in the program.

New American Coronavirus updates

New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
Cass County
  • Provides translated COVID-19 updates from the State of North Dakota in Somali, Arabic, Swahili, and Kurdish.

Arts Organization Emergency Relief Fund

The Arts Partnership
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • Up to $1,500 in financial assistance
  • For FM Metro arts nonprofits to help cover unexpected expenses directly resulting from performance/event cancellations related to Coronavirus/COVID-19.
  • See inside for more details on what the fund does and doesn't cover.

Native American Development Center COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants

ND Native American Development Center
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • Helps Native Americans in the Bismarck, Fargo, and Grand Forks areas who need assistance with housing and temporary shelter due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Peace First Rapid Response Grants

PCDN Global
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • Peace First provides tools, coaching, and $250 mini-grants
  • Access to a series of video calls and webinars
  • A resource list for young people seeking project-planning support, public health information, tips on building community digitally, and ideas to care for mental health while practicing social distancing
  • Connection with other youth leaders from around the globe

Restaurant Workers COVID-19 Fund

Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota

Depending on how much RWCF raises in donations, funds are dispersed:

  • 50% for direct crisis relief to individual restaurant workers.
  • 25% for nonprofit organizations serving restaurant workers in crisis.
  • 25% for zero-interest loans for restaurants to get back up and running.

  • In the works of creating zero-interest loans to support small businesses.

    Tip the Industry

    Tip the Industry
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    Cass County
    • Provides crowdfunded "tips" to a randomly selected restaurant worker each day

    COVID-19 Assistance

    United Way of Grand Forks East Grand Forks
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    Grand Forks County
    • If you or your family has been impacted by the COVID-19 virus and is in need of assistance (In Grand Forks area)

    Federal Student Loan Relief

    U.S. Department of Education
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    • To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, federal student loan borrowers are automatically being placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payment
    • This suspension of payments will last until Sept. 30, 2020
    September 30, 2020

    Federal Mortgage Relief

    The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    • Homeowners unable to make their mortgage payments resulting from the impact of COVID-19 may be eligible for a mortgage forbearance plan to reduce or suspend their mortgage payments for up to 12 months.
    • available to homeowners with single-family or condominium mortgages owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac regardless of whether their property is owner-occupied, a second home or an investment property.

    Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

    National Restaurant Association Educational Association
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota

    Your Need For Funds

    One-time grants are for short-term COVID-19 related hardships in paying any of the following expenses only:

    • Home rent or mortgage
    • Car payments or transportation costs
    • Utility bills
    • Student loan payments
    • Child care
    • Groceries
    • Medical bills

    The Actors Fund Emergency Financial Assistance Programs

    The Actors Fund
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    • Provides one application for multiple emergency funding programs for actors, dancers, musicians and other performing artists who are unable to pay basic living expenses.

    Artist Relief Fund

    Artist Relief
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    • $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19
    • Check artist eligibility within program.

    The Artist Relief Project

    The Artist Relief Project
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    • In the short term in the form of a $200 emergency relief stipend.
    • In the longer term in the form of free programs, resources, and support for artists to pursue sustainable economic opportunities through this time of crisis.

    The Artists' Fellowship

    The Artists' Fellowship
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    • The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship
    • Must be a professional visual artist

    Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

    AACDMV Emergency Fund
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    • This fund is for US-based BIPOC artists and administrators. This is a ONE-TIME micro grant of $200.

    Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund

    The Blues Foundation
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    • Provide immediate resources to full-time blues musicians whose revenue streams have been severely diminished by the current coronavirus pandemic, intended to assist primarily with immediate essential needs such as food, rent/mortgage, utilities, phone and car payments.
    • Medical insurance premiums will also be considered.

    Dramatists Guild Foundation Emergency Fund

    Dramatists Guild Foundation
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    • Provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists and bookwriters in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.
    • Includes muscician/composers, novelist/nonfiction/fiction writers, screenwriters, actor or performace artist, journalist, director.

    Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants

    Foundation for Contemporary Arts
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    • Temporary funding to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions.
    • See eligibility requirements for comtemporary artists.

    Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

    Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    • Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work

    FirstLink 211 Helpline

    FirstLink
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    • Provides free and confidential health and human services information for people in Minnesota and North Dakota.
    • 24 hours a day, 7 days a week help and resources.

    More assistance programs

    Rauschenberg Emergency Grants
    New York Foundation for the Arts
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    December 31, 2020
    Artist Relief Emergency Grant
    Artist Relief
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    September 1, 2020
    COVID-19 Relief Fund for Experimental Artists
    Foundation for Contemporary Arts
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    August 31, 2020
    Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant for Artists
    Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
    USBG National Charity Foundation
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    COVID-19 Fund for Music Industry Workers
    Sweet Relief
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    Emergency Assistance Grants for Hospitality Workers
    Golden Rule Charity
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    Emergency Grants for Authors
    Carnegie Fund for Authors
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    Writers Emergency Assistance Fund
    American Society of Journalists and Authors
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    Writers' Emergency Fund
    PEN America
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    COVID-19 Relief
    MusiCares
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    Emergency Financial Assistance
    The Actors Fund
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    One Fair Wage Emergency Fund
    One Fair Wage
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    SAG-AFTRA Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Fund
    SAG-AFTRA Foundation
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    Immediate Employment Opportunities for Food / Beverage and Workers
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    Economic Impact Payments
    U.S Deparment of the Treasury
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota
    December 31, 2020
    Stay Connected with Verizon
    Verizon
    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    North Dakota

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