NH Watershed Assistance Grants

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

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Grant amount: Up to US $450,000

Next anticipated deadline: Sep 6, 2020 1:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Sep 20, 2020 1:00pm PDT (Pre proposal), Dec 6, 2020 1:00pm PST (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: New Hampshire

Location of residency: New Hampshire

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NOTE: A Pre-Application Consultation is REQUIRED Call or e-mail us to discuss your Pre-proposal by the "letter of inquiry" deadline above. The Pre-proposal submittal deadline the "preproposal" deadline above. 

Each year the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) solicits projects to address nonpoint source (NPS) pollution through the implementation of watershed-based plans in priority watersheds. Projects must comprehensively address NPS problems, and must have a quantitative way to assess progress and determine success. The watershed-based plan must have a clear water quality goal and include the nine, minimum elements (a-i) required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Funded projects must make reasonable progress toward achieving the water quality goal established in the watershed-based plan. 

General Grant Information

The NHDES is pleased to announce the availability of Watershed Assistance Grants to support local initiatives to restore impaired waters or protect high quality waters. Funds for NHDES Watershed Assistance Grants are appropriated through the EPA under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. Approximately $450,000 will be available for Watershed Assistance Grant projects this year, pending EPA and State approvals and federal budget appropriations. EPA guidance requires that a “substantial majority” of funds be used to restore impaired waters. NHDES may award grants for projects that will protect high quality waters. Projects must address watersheds identified as priority watersheds, or implement existing watershed-based plans that meet the EPA Watershed Plan Elements (a) through (i) criteria. Although there is no minimum or maximum limit on project budgets and grant requests, NHDES typically selects five to eight projects each year.

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