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Watershed Assistance Grants

Grants to New Hampshire Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Environmental Entities for Water-Related Projects

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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES)

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01/14/22 4:00 PM


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Grants to New Hampshire nonprofit organizations, governmental 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 the 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. and include the nine, minimum elements required by the 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 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 one or more components of an existing watershed-based plan that meets the EPA Watershed Plan criteria, or implement an EPA and NHDES approved alternative plan. 

For the nine EPA Watershed Plan Elements, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 130652

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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 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 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.

Timetable for Grant Process:
- Deadline to contact NHDES about your pre-proposal: September 3, 2021
- Deadline for submittal of pre-proposals: 4:00 PM on September 17, 2021
- NHDES will evaluate pre-proposals: Early October 2021
- NHDES will contact organizations submitting pre-proposals with the status of the proposal and schedule interviews if necessary: October 2021
- Deadline for submittal of full proposals: December 1, 2021 - January 14, 2022
- NHDES will make final selection of full proposals to receive funding, and submit to EPA for review: January 2022
- NHDES will draft Grant Agreements and send to organizations for signatures: March - April 2022
- NHDES Commissioner and N.H. Attorney General’s office review Grant Agreements: April - May 2022
- Submit Grant Agreements to Governor and Executive Council for approval: April - May 2022
- Governor and Executive Council approved project may begin: May 2022

Potential applicants are required to contact NHDES to discuss the proposed project prior to beginning the pre-proposal process. Please contact Sally Soule (coastal watershed contact) or Jeff Marcoux (other watersheds contact) via phone or email to discuss your pre-proposal by September 3, 2021.

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.


Contact Information:

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

Please email the completed pre-proposal and attachments to

If you have difficulty emailing attachments, such as maps and photos, please contact Katie Zink 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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