NH Fish and Game’s Small Grants Program

New Hampshire Fish & Game


Grant amount: Up to US $4,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: New Hampshire

Location of residency: New Hampshire

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Overview:

As the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to:

  • Conserve, manage and protect these resources and their habitats; 
  • Inform and educate the public about these resources; and
  • Provide the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources.

Small Grants Program

NH Fish and Game’s Small Grants Program help landowners who own a minimum of 25 contiguous acres restore or enhance habitat for wildlife. Funding is available for the creation and/or maintenance of wildlife habitat within the property.

Projects that may qualify for funding include:

  • brush clearing or mowing to maintain grasslands and shrublands;
  • release of old apple trees;
  • and maintenance of woodland openings.

In exchange for the grant, landowners agree that their land will remain open for non-motorized public access activities, including hunting.

 Funding is limited to no more than $4,000 per property per year and no more than $10,000 will be granted to a single landowner over a ten-year period. 

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

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be landowners who own a minimum of 25 contiguous acres.
  • The program:
    • is restricted to properties or aggregates of adjacent properties, 25 acres or larger, that are open to hunting and other non-motorized public recreation,
    • applies to lands owned by individuals, organizations, and communities. 
  • Acceptable practices: 
    • Release of Wild Apple Trees
    • Release of Fruiting Shrubs
    • Mast Tree Release
    • Softwood Release in Historic Deer Yards
    • Soil Scarification to Enhance Oak and Softwood Regeneration
    • Regeneration or Restoration of Alder or Aspen/Birch
    • Brush Clearing/Sapling Removal to Maintain Old Fields and Shrublands
    • Mowing to Maintain Grasslands & Shrublands
    • Creation of Permanent Woodland Openings
    • Maintenance of Woodland Openings, Log Landings, Wood Roads & Edges
      • Not to include initial clean-up and closing after a timber harvest
    • Grassland Restoration: Establishing Cool Season Grasses and Clovers
    • Grassland Restoration: Establishing Warm Season Grasses
    • Management Plans
  • See standards and guidelines for acceptable practices here.

Ineligibility:

  • Small Grants funding is not available to landowners who feed deer.
  • Reimbursement will not be made for cutting trees and other plants that have commercial value.