Milfoil and Other Exotic Plant Prevention Grants

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Nov 30, 2020 1:00pm PST

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: New Hampshire

Location of residency: New Hampshire

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The DES Exotic Species Program coordinates activities associated with the control and management of exotic aquatic plants, as well as activities associated with the implementation of education programs and volunteer plant monitoring programs.

Exotic aquatic plants, such as milfoil and fanwort, have been a problem in New Hampshire lakes and ponds since the mid-1960s. Variable milfoil, by far the most wide-spread exotic aquatic plant in NH, was first found in Moultonborogh Bay in Lake Winnipesaukee. From there it has spread to infest more than 60 waterbodies. The program works mostly with submerged exotic aquatic plants, including variable milfoil (Myriophyllum heterophyllum), Eurasian milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum), fanwort (Cabomba caroliniana), Brazilian elodea (Egeria densa), Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata) and water chestnut (Trapa natans), among other species. Other exotic plants, such as common reed (Phragmites australis) and purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), although also of concern, are not addressed by the Program because they are not submerged aquatic plants, and are generally found more often in wetlands than in lakes or ponds.

Prevention Grants

Prevention Grants may be awarded for any project to prevent the spread of milfoil and other exotic aquatic plants to new waterbodies or to prevent the spread of exotics to new, previously non-infested areas in an already infested waterbody. Examples include but are not limited to projects for boat inspections and boater education at lake access sites, education and outreach projects to increase knowledge and vigilance in prevention by the recreating public, and other projects or programs to actively prevent the spread of exotic aquatic plants. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Under RSA 487:29, eligible applicants include:
    • Publicly-supported nonprofit corporations exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. 
    • Municipalities or other political subdivisions of the state.
    • Institutions of higher learning.
    • State agencies 
  • Under RSA 487:28, II, applicants must provide a minimum level of matching resources equal to 50% of the proposed program budget.
    • The department may exempt institutions of higher learning from the required match.