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Conservation Moose Plate Grant

Grants to New Hampshire Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Schools for Natural Resources Protection and Restoration

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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New Hampshire State Conservation Committee (SCC)

Deadline Date:

09/14/18 4:00 PM Delivery or Postmarked by Date

Description:

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Grants of up to $24,000 to New Hampshire nonprofit organizations, government agencies, conservation districts, schools, and scout groups for the restoration, enhancement, and protection of natural resources. Project categories include wildlife habitat, soil conservation and flooding, best management practices, water quality and quantity, conservation planning, and land conservation.

The New Hampshire State Conservation Committee (SCC) is a state agency responsible for promoting natural resource conservation, coordinating the activities of County Conservation Districts and managing the Conservation Grant Program. The SCC is comprised of a twelve-member board representing the public agencies, county conservation districts and municipal conservation commissions responsible for natural resources conservation.

Funds for the SCC Conservation Grant Program are derived from the sale of conservation and heritage license plates, or “Moose Plates.” Vehicle owners may voluntarily purchase conservation license plates for $38 the first year, and $30 in succeeding years (for information about the conservation license plates, see www.mooseplate.com). The SCC Conservation Grant Program is one of the programs that the voluntary contributions to the Conservation and Heritage License Plate Program are used for the promotion, protection and investment in NH’s natural, cultural and historic resources.

Where appropriate, applicants should highlight how the project addresses multiple resource concerns and / or promotes new conservation initiatives. The SCC website includes links to previously successful grants.

Eligible Sites:

Projects on public and private land are eligible with the signed consent and approval of the appropriate governing body or landowner(s).

Project Eligibility:

Qualifying Project Categories:

Conservation Grants are awarded to projects that enhance New Hampshire’s environment by promoting the sustainability of the state’s natural resources. The SCC Conservation Grant Program supports projects that yield “on the ground” results. While program planning and design are eligible activities, project costs should primarily consist of implementation tasks. Projects that incorporate a long-term stewardship perspective will be given priority.

Projects must qualify in one of the following six Project Categories:
-Water Quality and Quantity: Restore, enhance, maintain or protect.
-Wildlife Habitat: Create, restore, enhance, manage or protect.
-Soil Conservation and Flooding: Reduce or prevent erosion, or improve soils.
-Best Management Practices: Plan and implement for agriculture, storm water or forestry.
-Conservation Planning: Accomplish a conservation project or outcome that includes a public involvement component.
-Land Conservation: Permanent land protection through conservation easement or fee acquisition and / or associated transaction and stewardship costs.

Examples of Projects Eligible for SCC funds

Water Quality and Quantity: Restore, enhance, maintain or protect.
-Stabilizing or restoring flow in a stream impaired by inadequate culverts and crossings.

Wildlife Habitat: Create, restore, enhance, manage or protect. Improving wildlife habitat in accordance with the New Hampshire Wildlife Action Plan.

Soil Conservation and Flooding: Reduce or prevent erosion, or improve soils.
-Correcting erosion problems on existing trails and other areas impacted by public use.

Best Management Practices: Plan and implement for agriculture, storm water or forestry.
-Installing agricultural BMPs that protect water resources or conserve soil.

Conservation Planning: Accomplish a conservation project or outcome that includes a public involvement component.
-Develop a natural resource conservation program and implement protection strategies.

Land Conservation: Permanent land protection through conservation easement or fee acquisition and / or associated transaction and stewardship costs.
-Contributing to land conservation project acquisition costs or transaction costs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173952

Estimated Size of Grant:

The total SCC grant fund request per application cannot exceed $24,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects may begin between April 2019 and June 2019.

Projects are to be completed within two years. Project completion dates for the FY19 grants will be either December 1, 2020 or April 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants are as follows:
-County Conservation Districts
-County Cooperative Extension Natural Resource Programs
-Municipalities, including agencies and commissions engaged in conservation programs
-Qualified nonprofit organizations engaged in conservation programs
-Public and private schools (Kindergarten through Grade 12)
-Scout groups

Examples of Ineligible Projects:
-New trail construction and interpretive signage.
-Classroom curriculum development.
-Preparation of educational brochures.
-Researching techniques to improve wildlife habitat.
-Natural resource inventories not likely to result in on-the-ground improvements.
-Outreach materials that are not directly connected to on-the-ground conservation projects.

Pre-Application Information:

The SCC Conservation Grant program does not require match funds. However, demonstrating contributions of other project funds and services will enhance the application, and demonstrate project readiness.

The SCC Conservation Grant Program is a competitive annual grant program.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Conservation Grant Program Administrator prior to submittal.

Grant Applications are due on September 14, 2018. Awards will be announced in December 2018 and funding will be available to successful applicants in May 2019.

Applications may be mailed or hand-delivered. Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than September 14, 2018. Hand delivered applications must be received and signed-in at the Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food office by September 14, 2018, office hours from 8 am to 4 pm.

Timeline:
1. Application is available online: June, 2018
2. Applications are due: 9/14/2018
3. SCC conducts application evaluation process. Applicants may be contacted to provide additional information: 9/2018 - 11/2018
5. SCC Board approves FY19 Grant recipients: 11/2018
6. All Applicants are notified of funding decision. SCC FY19 Conservation Grant Awards are announced: by 12/3/2018
7. SCC provides each FY19 Grantee with grant process instructions, a draft Grant Agreement (contract) and supporting documents: 2/2019
8. Grantee provide executed Grant Agreement and required supporting documentation to SCC: 2/2019 - 3/2019
9. Grant Agreement approval by Department of Agriculture, and Governor and Executive Council approval (as required): 4/2019 - 6/2019
10. SCC notifies Grantee of executed Grant Agreement. Project may begin: 4/2019 - 6/2019

Contact Information:

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

Dea Brickner-Wood, Administrator
(603) 868-6112
nh-conservation-committee@nh.gov

Mail Applications to:
NH State Conservation Committee
Conservation Grant Program
PO Box 2042
Concord, NH 03302-2042

For overnight shipping or hand deliveries from 8 am to 4 pm, please deliver to:

NH State Conservation Committee
Conservation Grant Program
c/o Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food
Office of the Commissioner
State House Annex - 25 Capitol Street
2nd Floor, Room 220 Concord, NH 03301

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Hampshire