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Coastal Resilience Municipal Planning Grants

Grants to New Hampshire Coastal Municipalities
to Plan and Prepare for Coastal Hazards

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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Coastal Program

Deadline Date:

07/26/19 4:00 PM EDT


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Grants to New Hampshire coastal municipalities and municipal consultants for planning and capacity building related to coastal hazards. Funding is intended to enhance preparation for and recovery from storms, rising sea levels, and hurricanes. Eligible municipalities include Dover, Durham, Exeter, Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Madbury, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, North Hampton, Portsmouth, Rollinsford, Rye, Seabrook, and Stratham.

To help municipalities prepare for coastal hazards, the NHDES Coastal Program is announcing the 2019 NH Coastal Resilience Municipal Planning Grant opportunity. These funds are intended to support planning to increase resilience to coastal hazards as well as build local capacity to implement resilience plans. Projects must take place within one of the 17 Coastal Zone municipalities. For the purposes of this funding opportunity, coastal resilience is defined as the capacity of a community or system to proactively prepare for and bounce back better from hazardous events such as hurricanes, coastal storms, and long-term sea-level rise and associated impacts, rather than the ability to simply react and respond to events. Projects timeframes are expected to be 12 to 18 months.

All projects must incorporate the following elements:
a) Projects must incorporate best available climate science for storm surge, sea-level rise, and/or extreme precipitation.
b) Projects must involve community/stakeholder engagement and evaluate the success of engagement efforts based on clearly articulated objectives. Projects should instill a sense of ownership and clear understanding of next steps in the target communities or groups.
c) Projects must address social equity and justice issues to ensure that underserved populations and their priorities are prioritized in the planning process.
d) Projects must recognize, integrate, and promote resilience benefits provided by nature.

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GrantWatch ID#: 186090

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Number of Grants:

Between four and eight projects are expected to be funded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants must request a minimum of $10,000 and no more than $30,000 in grant funds per project.

Term of Contract:

Contracts are expected to begin between January and March 2020. Projects will end on June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include:
a) One or more of the following coastal zone municipalities: Dover, Durham, Exeter, Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Madbury, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, North Hampton, Portsmouth, Rollinsford, Rye, Seabrook, or Stratham, and/or
b) Municipal consultant(s), including nonprofit, quasi-governmental, or private organizations. Consultant applicants must include in their proposal a written letter of support from the municipality’s Board of Selectmen, Town Council or City Council. Each project must take place within and on behalf of one or more of the 17 coastal municipalities identified above).

Pre-Application Information:

If you have questions about this funding opportunity, please contact NHCP Coastal Resilience Coordinator Kirsten Howard prior to Friday, July 12, 2019.

Proposals must be emailed as a PDF or Word Document to Kirsten Howard by 4:00 PM EDT on Friday, July 26, 2019.

Upon review of proposals, selected applicants will be notified by Friday, August 9, 2019. Selected applicants will be invited to negotiate final scopes of services and budgets with NHDES Coastal Program staff. Selected applicants are expected to finalize scopes of services and budgets by Friday, September 27, 2019.

A 2:1 federal grant funds to non-federal match through cash or in-kind services is required. For example, a project requesting $20,000 in grant funding would provide at least $10,000 in non-federal matching contributions for a total project budget of $30,000.

Contact Information:

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

Submit questions and proposals to:

Kirsten Howard, Coastal Resilience Coordinator

NH Department of Environmental Services, Coastal Program
222 International Drive, Suite 175
Portsmouth, NH 03801

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Hampshire: Dover, Durham, Exeter, Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Madbury, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, North Hampton, Portsmouth, Rollinsford, Rye, Seabrook, or Stratham

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