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Grants to New Hampshire Nonprofits, Agencies, and Environmental Entities for Water Resource Protection

Watershed Assistance Grants


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Funding Source
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New Hampshire

Important Dates
LOI Date: 09/15/23
Deadline: 01/12/24 4:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to New Hampshire nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and environmental entities for projects that protect and restore water resources across the state. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to submitting a mandatory pre-proposal. Funding is intended to support projects that address watershed pollution and improve water quality by measurable means.

Each year 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) through (i) required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Funded projects must make reasonable progress toward achieving the water quality goal established in the watershed-based plan.

NHDES may award grants for projects that will restore impaired waters or protect high quality waters in conformance with EPA’s Nonpoint Source Program Grant Guidelines for States and Territories (April 12, 2013) and the priorities identified in the New Hampshire Nonpoint Source Management Program Plan 2020-2024. Projects must implement existing watershed-based plans that meet the nine EPA Watershed Plan elements (a) through (i) criteria or implement an EPA and NHDES approved alternative plan.

For the nine EPA Watershed Plan Elements, see


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 NH Secretary of State.

Note that grant recipients may use these grant funds to sub-contract with private entities, such as environmental consulting or engineering firms selected through an approved procurement procedure.

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 Section 319 funds may be used to fund any urban stormwater activities that do not directly implement a final MS4 permit. Therefore, some projects in MS4s will still be eligible. (Please contact the NHDES if the proposed project area is within a regulated MS4 prior to completing the pre-proposal to discuss eligibility.)

Pre-Application Information
Applicants are required to call program staff to discuss their pre-proposal prior to completing the form.

Call or email us to discuss your pre-proposal by September 6, 2023.
The pre-proposal submittal deadline is 4:00 PM on September 15, 2023.

Timetable for Grant Process:
- Contact NHDES about your pre-proposal: By September 6, 2023
- Deadline for submittal of pre-proposals: September 15, 2023 at 4:00 PM
- NHDES will evaluate pre-proposals: Early October 2023
- NHDES will contact organizations that submitted pre-proposals with status update and schedule interviews if necessary: October 2023
- Deadline for submittal of full proposals: Jan 12, 2024 at 4:00 PM
- NHDES will make final selection of full proposals to receive funding and submit to EPA for review: February-March 2024
- NHDES will draft Grant Agreements and send to organizations for signatures: April-May 2024
- NHDES Commissioner and N.H. Attorney General’s office review Grant Agreements: May - June 2024
- Submit Grant Agreements to Governor and Executive Council for approval: June-August 2024

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

Project information provided on the pre-proposal is reviewed and ranked by the NHDES grant selection team. Selected pre-proposal applicants may be invited to an interview to further discuss the project. Based on the pre-proposal and interview, selected applicants are invited to work with NHDES staff to develop and submit a full proposal. If approved, applicants will be notified of award amount and a Grant Agreement between NHDES and the applicant will be drafted.

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.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Although there is no minimum or maximum limit on project budgets and grant requests, NHDES typically selects five to eight projects each year.

Term of Contract
Governor and Executive Council approved project may begin in Fall 2024.

Contact Information
Please email the completed pre-proposal and attachments to

If you have difficulty emailing attachments, such as maps and photos, please contact Andrea Bejtlich at the email address above or call (603) 271-8475 to make alternate arrangements.

For more information contact:

Coastal Watershed:
Sally Soule
(603) 559-0032

All other watersheds:
Jeff Marcoux
(603) 271-8862

NH Dept. of Environmental Services
29 Hazen Drive
PO Box 95
Concord, NH 03302-0095
(603) 271-8475

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