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2019 Watershed Assistance Grant

Grants to New Hampshire Municipalities, Nonprofits,
and Environmental Entities for Waterway Restoration Projects

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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES)

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Deadline Date:

12/07/18 4:00 PM


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Grants to New Hampshire government agencies, nonprofits, and environmental entities for projects that restore and protect the State's waterways. Applicants must contact the Funding Source prior to submitting a mandatory pre-proposal. Funding is intended for projects that address waterway pollution and improve water quality through measurable means. 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.

EPA Watershed Plan Elements “a” through “i”:

a) Identify pollution causes and sources: An identification of the causes and sources or groups of similar sources that will need to be controlled to achieve the load reductions estimated in this watershed-based plan (and to achieve any other watershed goals identified in the watershed-based plan), as discussed in item (b) immediately below. Sources that need to be controlled should be identified at the significant subcategory level with estimates of the extent to which they are present in the watershed (e.g., X number of storm drains that need retrofits; Y miles of gravel roads that need drainage BMPs; or Z linear miles of eroded streambank needing remediation).

b) Estimate pollution reductions needed: An estimate of the load reductions expected for the management measures described under (c). Estimates should be provided at the same level as in item (a) above (e.g., the total load reduction expected for storm drain retrofits, gravel road BMPs or eroded streambanks). First quantify the pollutant loads for the watershed. Based on these pollutant loads, determine the reductions needed to meet water quality standards (or other goals).

c) Actions needed to reduce pollution: A description of the NPS management measures that will need to be implemented to achieve the load reduction or habitat restoration scope estimated under paragraph (b) above (as well as to achieve other watershed goals identified in this watershed-based plan), and identification (using a map or a description) of the critical areas in which those measures will be needed to implement this plan.

d) Costs and authority: An estimate of the amounts of technical and financial assistance needed, associated costs, and/or the sources and authorities that will be relied upon, to implement this plan. Describe the types and sources of match that will be used to implement the project, keeping in mind that at least 40% of the project cost must be provided in non-federal match.

e) Outreach and education: An information/education component that will be used to enhance public understanding of the project and encourage their early and continued participation in selecting, designing, and implementing NPS management measures.

f) Schedule: A schedule for implementing the NPS management measures identified in this plan that is reasonably expeditious.

g) Milestones: A description of interim, measurable milestones for determining whether NPS management measures or other control actions are being implemented.

h) Success indicators and evaluation: A set of criteria that can be used to determine whether loading reductions or habitat restoration is being achieved over time and substantial progress is being made towards attaining water quality standards and, if not, the criteria for determining whether this watershed-based plan needs to be revised.

i) Monitoring plan: A monitoring component to evaluate the effectiveness of the implementation efforts over time, measured against the criteria established under item (h) immediately above.

Alternatives - Projects may be eligible for funding without the required (a) through (i) watershed-based plan elements in limited circumstances such as projects which implement Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) plans, or where the impairment is not specific to a pollutant, e.g., stream restoration through selective dam removal. Alternative plans must be pre-approved by NHDES and EPA. Please contact NHDES staff as listed in Section III to discuss.

Indirect costs shall not exceed 10 percent. Indirect costs include two broad categories: "Facilities" and "Administration." "Facilities" is defined as depreciation and use allowances on buildings, equipment and capital improvement, interest on debt associated with certain buildings, equipment and capital improvements, and operations and maintenance expenses. "Administration" is defined as general administration and general expenses such as the director's office, accounting, personnel, library expenses and all other types of expenditures not listed specifically under one of the subcategories of "Facilities.”

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 130652

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

5 - 8

Term of Contract:

Governor and Council approved projects may begin in May.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Governmental subdivisions and nonprofit organizations are eligible to receive Watershed Assistance Grants. Examples include:
- Municipalities
- Regional Planning Commissions
- Nonprofit Organizations
- County Conservation Districts
- State Agencies
- Watershed Associations
- Lake, Pond, or River Associations
- Water Suppliers
- Designated River Local Advisory Committees

Other groups may also apply for grant funding by partnering with governmental subdivisions or nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit organizations must be registered with the N.H. Secretary of State.

MS4 Projects may be ineligible - Projects must not use grant funds to implement requirements of a Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit, the Multi-Sector General permit, or the Construction General Permit. EPA guidance clarifies that 319 funds may be used to fund any urban stormwater activities that do not directly implement a final MS4 permit. Therefore, it is anticipated that some projects in MS4s will still be eligible. Please contact NHDES if your proposed project area is within a regulated MS4 prior to completing the pre-proposal application to discuss eligibility.

Pre-Application Information:

Potential applicants are required to contact NHDES to discuss the proposed project prior to beginning the pre-proposal process.

Timetable for Grant Processing:
- Deadline to contact NHDES about your pre-proposal: September 7, 2018.
- Deadline for submittal of pre-proposals: 4:00 PM on September 21, 2018.
- Evaluate pre-proposals: Early October
- Contact organizations submitting successful pre-proposals by phone to schedule a project meeting: October
- Contact organizations submitting unsuccessful pre-proposals by letter: October
- Conduct project meetings with organizations submitting successful pre-proposals (Optional): October
- Select sub-set of successful interviewees, assign NHDES staff, and invite those organizations to submit full project proposals: October
- Deadline for submittal of full proposals: 4:00 PM on December 7, 2018
- Make final selection of full proposals to receive funding, and submit to EPA for review: December
- Draft Grant Agreements and send to organizations for signatures: February
- NHDES Commissioner and N.H. Attorney General’s office review Grant Agreements: March - April
- Submit Grant Agreements to Governor and Executive Council for approval: April - May
- Governor and Council approved project may begin: May

Grant recipients must provide matching funds of at least 40% of the total project cost (not 40% of the grant amount requested) in non-federal funds and/or in-kind services.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the Watershed Assistance Grants Pre-Proposal Application Form and all attachments, via email in Microsoft Word or PDF file formats to

For more information contact:

Coastal Watershed:
Sally Soule
(603) 559-0032

All other watersheds:
Jeff Marcoux

PO Box 95
Concord, NH 03302-0095

Phone: (603) 271-8475

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Hampshire