New Hampshire Conservation Grant Program

New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food


Grant amount: Up to US $24,000

Deadline: Sep 14, 2018

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: New Hampshire

Location of residency: New Hampshire

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Overview:

The State Conservation Committee's Conservation Grant Program supports and promotes programs and partnerships that protect, restore and enhance the state's valuable natural resources.

The New Hampshire State Conservation Committee (SCC) is the state government agency responsible for managing the Conservation Grant Program. Competitive grants are awarded annually to physical and tangible environmental projects that foster stewardship and the sustainability of New Hampshire's natural environment (RSA 261:97-c,III).

Conservation Grants are awarded to projects that enhance New Hampshire’s environment by promoting the sustainability of the state’s natural resources. The SCC Conservation Grant Program supports projects that yield “on the ground” results. While program planning and design are eligible activities, project costs should primarily consist of implementation tasks. 

Focus Areas

The Conservation Grant Program's six focus areas include:

  • Water Quality and Quantity: Restore, enhance, maintain or protect
    • Example: Stabilizing or restoring flow in a stream impaired by inadequate culverts and crossings
  • Wildlife Habitat: Create, restore, enhance, manage or protect.
    • Example: Improving wildlife habitat in accordance with the New Hampshire Wildlife Action Plan.
  • Soil Conservation and Flooding: Reduce or prevent erosion or improve soils
    • Example: Correcting erosion problems on existing trails and other areas impacted by public use
  • Best Management Practices: Plan and implement for agriculture, storm or forestry.
    • Example: Installing agricultural BMPs that protect water resources or conserve soil.
  • Conservation Planning: Accomplish a conservation project or outcome that includes a public involvement component.
    • Example: Develop a natural resource conservation program and implement protection strategies.
  • Land Conservation: Permanent land protection through conservation easement or fee acquisition and/ or associated transaction and stewardship costs.
    • Example: Contributing to land conservation project acquisition costs or transaction costs.

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

Eligibility:

  • Eligible Grant Applicants include:
    • County Conservation Districts
    • County Cooperative Extension Natural Resources
    • Municipalities, including agencies and commissions engaged in conservation programs
    • Qualified nonprofit organizations engaged in conservation programs
    • Public and private schools (kindergarten through Grade 12)
    • Scout groups
  • Eligible Sites
    • Projects on public and private land are eligible with the signed consent and approval of the
    • appropriate governing body or landowner(s).

Preferences:

  • The SCC Conservation Grant program does not require match funds. However, demonstrating contributions of other project funds and services will enhance the application, and demonstrate project readiness.

Ineligibility:

  • Examples of ineligible projects
    • New trail construction and interpretive signage.
    • Classroom curriculum development.
    • Preparation of educational brochures.
    • Researching techniques to improve wildlife habitat.
    • Natural resource inventories not likely to result in on-the-ground improvements.
    • Outreach materials that are not directly connected to on-the-ground conservation projects.