Mountrail County JDA Capacity Building and Technical Assistance
In 2020, SBPC began providing capacity building and technical assistance to the Mountrail County Job Development Authority to assist the JDA meet its mission, goals, and strategies.
In February 2021, the Mountrail County Job Development Authority (JDA) executed a 1-year agreement with SBPC to assist in the development of two new funding programs, the Growth Fund and Horizon Grant. SBPC provided technical expertise in 2021 to the Mountrail County JDA Board of Directors at their meetings, and assisted applicants to apply for the two new programs created. To complete its 2021 contract, SBPC launched communication efforts for the JDA by developing a new website and marketing materials, provided administrative and fiscal support, and loan and grant program support.
In 2022, SBPC entered into a 2-year agreement with the Mountrail County JDA to continue providing these services through 2023, along with providing loan and grant servicing expertise. As of December 2022, the JDA has committed $261,527 to small business and community projects through its Horizon Grant and Growth Fund programs. Additionally, the JDA has accomplished most of the strategies identified in their 2020 strategic plan, including increasing funding requests for operations and program development and implementing new internal processes that will help guide the organization. To build upon the momentum and capacity gained through these efforts, the JDA is working with SBPC to update its strategic plan.
We assisted with the development and implementation of two new programs—Horizon Grant and Growth Fund, ensuring the programs have clear and consistent guidelines that incorporate eligibility and funding priorities (2021).
We facilitated funding requests to the Mountrail County Commission budget for operations and program development (ongoing). To date, the JDA has secured $350,000 for the Horizon Grant and Growth Fund programs. In 2022, the JDA secured $2 million to support additional needs/initiatives.
We administered the Horizon Grant and Growth Fund programs resulting in $261,527 committed funds to small business and community projects, as of December 2022 (ongoing).