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Grants to New Hampshire Farms to Improve Sustainability in the Face of Changing Climate Conditions

Climate Resilience Grant


GrantWatch ID# 203971
Agency: Local

Funding Source
Sullivan County Conservation District, New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts (NHACD)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New Hampshire

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/09/23
Deadline: 02/01/23 - Electronic receipt or postmarked by due date

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to New Hampshire farms to implement projects that improve sustainability. Funding is intended to assist farmers in surmounting environmentally-triggered hardships including climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, extreme weather events, droughts, and pests. Funds may be used for projects that mitigate the impact of agriculture on climate change and enhance the on-farm adaptations to projected climate conditions.

The NH County Conservation Districts have launched this farm viability program to improve the resilience of NH farms in the face of extreme weather events and a changing climate. Direct grants to farms to invest in on-farm infrastructure, equipment, and innovative practices will support farm profitability and the long-term viability for NH’s agricultural sector. 

The mission of the NH Conservation Districts Climate Resilience Grant is to support and empower local farmers to build climate resilience throughout the granite state. This will be done through reducing the impact of agriculture on climate change (mitigation) through greenhouse gas emissions reduction and carbon sequestration, and through increasing the resiliency of New Hampshire Farms in a changing climate (adaptation), while meeting farm’s conservation goals and needs. Extreme weather events, frequent and prolonged droughts, and increased pest pressures are increasing challenges for NH farms. This grant through the NH County Conservation Districts seeks to support farmers in meeting those challenges. 

The NH County Conservation Districts request proposals from farms who seek funding to make investments in the following areas, but welcome proposals for projects that are not represented on the list below if they are aligned with the mission and goals of the program:

  • Practices which promote minimizing soil erosion and maximizing carbon capture
  • Practices which promote sustainable water management
  • Practices which increase energy efficiency and renewable energy use: 
  • Integrated Pest Management Practices (IPM)

For details on each of the above, see https://www.sccdnh.org/_files/ugd/42e34b_a458b46eebf54e91a396963780434bfe.pdf#page=2.

For fundable expenses and funding priorities, see https://www.sccdnh.org/_files/ugd/42e34b_a458b46eebf54e91a396963780434bfe.pdf#page=3.



Recipient

Eligibility
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Eligible Applicants:
Farms in New Hampshire. Eligible farms must be selling direct to consumer, or through wholesale markets for at least two years. Eligible farms must have secure access (own, lease) to land on which the operator is farming. If leasing, the lease must be in writing, and have a term long enough for the farmer to complete the proposed improvement project and see a return on the investment. To receive funding a farm must operate in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations.

Eligible Sites:
Projects will need the signed consent and approval of the appropriate governing body or landowner(s).

Ineligible
The following will not be funded:
- Advertising
- Research and feasibility studies
- Efforts that will not lead to increased climate resiliency through adaptation and/or mitigation
- Experimental projects

Pre-Proposal Conference
An optional zoom informational session webinar for interested applicants will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2023, at 6:00 PM. Registration is required.

For information and registration: //www.eventbrite.com/e/nh-conservation-districts-climate-resilience-grant-informational-session-tickets-465266834627

Pre-Application Information
Timeline and Process:
1. RFP is available: December 1, 2022
2. Optional Informational Session & one-on-one Conservation District Assistance available: January 9, 2023 at 6:00PM
3. Proposals are due: February 1, 2023
4. Proposal review process. Applicants may be contacted for additional information to clarify the
project: February 1-March 31, 2023
5. All Applicants are notified of funding decision: By March 31, 2023
6. Project ends and report and photos are due: December 31, 2024

The proposal can be submitted digitally or by hard copy in the mail. Mailed applications must be postmarked by the due date.

The grant will provide a cost share program for farms – grant covers up to 75% of project costs not to exceed $10,000/farm. Farmers are responsible for covering 25% of project costs.

Program participants must provide receipts verifying expenditures have occurred within the contract period. No payment will be made for project costs incurred prior to notification of grant award. Relevant costs incurred prior to contract execution can be funded on a case-by-case basis, and require a waiver, reasonable explanation, and approval from district staff for reimbursement. Contact your district’s staff for more information.

Estimated Size of Grant
The grant covers up to 75% of project costs not to exceed $10,000/farm.

Term of Contract
Project must be completed and final report submitted by December 31, 2024.

Contact Information
Please submit this application to Sullivan County Conservation District, either by email,
ddextraze@sullivancountynh.gov or mail to SCCD, 95 County Farm Rd. Unity, NH 03743.

Interested applicants can contact their conservation district for more information on how to
submit their printed or electronic application: https://cdeanh.org/contact-us/

For further information, please contact Lionel Chute, lchute@sullivancountynh.gov; 603.542.4891

Sullivan County Conservation District
95 County Farm Rd.
Unity, NH 03743
603-542-9511 x269

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