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Grants to New Hampshire Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Water Suppliers to Protect Drinking Water Resources

Local Source Water Protection Grants


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Funding Source
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES)
Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau (DWGB)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New Hampshire

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/01/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $25,000 and grants of up to $30,000 to New Hampshire nonprofit organizations, government agencies, water suppliers, conservation districts, and IHEs to protect drinking water resources. Funding is intended for projects that ensure safe drinking water, including inventories of potential contamination sources, local protection ordinance development, delineation of wellhead protection areas, groundwater reclassification, shoreline surveys, drinking water education and outreach activities, and controlling access to sources.

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) is pleased to announce the availability of funds for Local Source Water Protection Grants. Specifically, grant money is available to develop and implement programs to protect active or planned sources of public drinking water. Since 1997, NHDES has made small grants to water suppliers, municipalities, and other local organizations for the purpose of protecting drinking water sources. 

Please note that the evaluation criteria used to score applications are designed to encourage projects that support the Drinking Water Source Protection Program’s goals. These goals include (1) increasing the number of public water supply sources with some form of protection and (2) increasing the level of protection for sources that are already protected. Specifically, the scoring criteria are designed to favor projects that involve implementation or demonstrate a high likelihood of implementation.

To be eligible, every project must contribute to improved protection of one or more public water supply sources. For additional information on project element categories, see page 3 of the RFA, in Attached Files, below. 

Projects must address active or planned sources for public water systems. Planned sources must have at least a preliminary well siting report (for groundwater sources) submitted to NHDES or have a conceptual plan (for surface water sources) submitted to NHDES. NHDES encourages projects that encompass a broader geographic scope (such as an aquifer, a watershed, a municipality or some other area) if multiple public water supply sources are included. 

For additional information on project eligibility criteria, see page 4 of the RFA, in Attached Files, below.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Who Can Apply:
- Water Suppliers
- Municipalities
- Regional Planning Commissions
- Nonprofit Organizations
- County Conservation Districts
- State Agencies
- Watershed Associations
- Educational Institutions

Projects that involve activities that are required under NHDES rules and regulations are not eligible (e.g., inventorying potential contamination sources as required under new well siting rules, Env-Dw 301). Routine operations/maintenance activities are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information
The application for the 2024 round of grants is due on November 1, 2023.

Applicants can submit applications for multiple projects in the same grant year.

Application packet:

Estimated Size of Grant
The grant award for any one project cannot be more than $25,000 (or $30,000 for projects that address climate change).

Term of Contract
Funds can be awarded only for work done after final approval of the grant agreement by the Governor and Council (G&C). This may take several months after NHDES selects the project for funding. Therefore, work funded by these grants may not be able to start before March, and possibly not before May.

Contact Information
Applications can be mailed or emailed to:

Melissa Macheras
PO Box 95
Concord, NH 03302-0095

For more information regarding Local Source Water Protection Grants, please contact Melissa Macheras at (603) 271-2950 or Pierce Rigrod at (603) 271-0688.

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
29 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03302-0095
(603) 271-3503
TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964

RFP & Supporting Documents
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