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Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund

Grants to Vermont and New Hampshire Nonprofits and
Agencies in Eligible Areas to Enhance the Connecticut River Watershed Area

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Foundation / Corporation

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New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

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Deadline Date:

02/09/18 5:00 PM


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Grants to Vermont and New Hampshire nonprofits or agencies for projects that will improve and strengthen the Connecticut River watershed area. Pre-application consultation is required. LOIs are due January 5, 2018. Projects should seek to enhance, restore, and protect the river, shore lands, and wetlands.

Eligible locations are within the Connecticut River watershed upstream of the confluence of the White River and the Connecticut River at White River Junction, Vermont and West Lebanon, New Hampshire. Projects within the White River sub-watershed will be considered ONLY when those projects offer “exceptional environmental benefits not available in the upper Connecticut River watershed.” Please see the eligibility map in Supporting Documents below for more information.

Proposals should address one or more of the following resource categories:

1) River Restoration

Projects that improve or enhance water quality, fisheries, fish passage (i.e. dam removal, culvert restoration) and habitat for river-dependent species.

2) Wetland Restoration, Protection, and Enhancement

Projects that restore or enhance wetlands to mitigate for wetlands lost or adversely affected by the Fifteen Mile Falls (FMF) Hydroelectric Project (upstream and downstream from the FMF project area)

3) Shoreland Protection

Projects that restore or protect buffers and eroding river or stream banks within the watershed.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162494

Estimated Size of Grant:

This fund awards grants of all sizes. Grants amounting to less than $5,000 undergo a shorter application process.

Term of Contract:

Applicants may submit proposals for multi-year project funding for up to three (3) years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, community organizations, educational institutions and federal, state and local government agencies.Eligible applicants must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or be a municipality or other subdivision of government.

Organizations that do not have public charity status may apply for grants if another public charity acts as a fiscal sponsor.

Pre-Application Information:

All applicants must contact staff to discuss your proposal idea. Pre-application consultation is required. Please contact Kevin Peterson using the Contact Information below.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with appropriate federal, state, regional, and local agencies to determine how their project fits within established priorities or planning guidance. This consultation should take place before submitting an application.

The concept paper deadline is 5:00 pm on Friday, January 5, 2018.

You must submit an interim or final report for all outstanding MEF-funded projects by the concept paper deadline. (Please note that requests for less than $5,000 are evaluated only on the concept paper and do not require an application.) You will be notified about the status of your concept paper by Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

The application deadline (for invited applicants only) is 5:00 pm on Friday, February 9, 2018.

Applicants are strongly encouraged collaborate with other organizations and to leverage MEF grant requests with other funding sources.

Contact Information:

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

To apply:

Kevin Peterson, Senior Program Officer, Upper Valley Region
Phone: 603-263-8370

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
37 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-4005

Grant Coverage Areas:

Connecticut River watershed upstream of the confluence of the White River and the Connecticut River at White River Junction, Vermont and West Lebanon, New Hampshire.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Hampshire;   Vermont