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Aquatic Resource Mitigation (ARM) Fund

Grants to New Hampshire Agencies, Nonprofits, and
IHEs for Environmental Preservation in Eligible Areas

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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES)

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08/31/21 4:00 PM Postmark or Receipt


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Grants to New Hampshire nonprofit organizations, government agencies, special districts, IHEs, school districts, and watershed associations to enhance and protect environmental resources in eligible locations. Applicants must submit a pre-proposal prior to submission of a full application. Funding is intended to replace, restore, or protect aquatic resources in the Salmon-Falls watershed. Eligible projects include wetland or stream restoration and enhancement, as well as land, wetland, or stream acquisition and legal protection.

Types of Eligible Projects:

Land Protection of Wetlands and Streams with an Upland Buffer: Projects that establish legal protection of a wetland, stream, or vernal pool and its critical buffer and preserve upland areas associated with important wetlands and other aquatic resources.

  • Acquisition and protection of land through fee-simple purchase.
  • Conservation easements held by a land trust, town, or not-for-profit organization that will protect the property in perpetuity.
  • Deed restrictions preventing future development and land use of the property.

Wetland Restoration and Enhancement: Projects that will increase the functions and values of a degraded or altered wetland are eligible for funding.

  • Removing fill.
  • Restoring the natural hydrology of a wetland.
  • Removing invasive species.
  • Establishing native plant communities.
  • Closing roadways that bisect wetlands.
  • Reducing impervious surfaces and roadway runoff into a wetland.
  • Upland stormwater treatment that is directed into a wetland.
  • Living shoreline creation.
  • Tidal marsh restoration.

Stream Restoration and Enhancement: Projects that will restore aquatic connectivity and natural river processes to improve aquatic habitat, water quality and increase flood resiliency.

  • Dam removal.
  • Culvert upgrades using stream simulation design following the New Hampshire Guidelines.
  • Daylighting streams that are underground or lined with concrete.
  • In-stream habitat enhancements such as wood additions and pool formation.
  • Stream buffer improvements and floodplain reconnection.
  • Stormwater treatment and erosion control.
  • Bank stabilization using bioengineering techniques.
  • Removing hard bank armoring.
  • Removing restrictions on tidally-influenced rivers.

For information about project criteria, see Page 4 of the Guidelines in Attached Files, below

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183460

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Term of Contract:

All projects are to be completed within three years of the award date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any New Hampshire municipality, county government, regional planning commission, county conservation district, watershed or river association, state agency, institution of higher education, public school district, and nonprofit organization is eligible. Projects score higher if they have the support of the host municipality’s conservation commission or Selectboard/City Council and documented in a letter or meeting minutes.

Ineligible Projects
- Invasive species removal/management that is a stand-alone project (does not include other restoration activities or land protection).
- Protection of an aquatic resource that does not include an upland buffer.
- Development of engineering designs and construction plans for restoration that does not include any implementation. While the costs for the final design may be included in a project’s overall budget, the program cannot fund design-only projects.
- Projects expected to take longer than three years to complete.

Pre-Application Information:

A pre-proposal form must be submitted to the NHDES Wetland Bureau by May 28, 2021. Projects deemed eligible will be invited to submit Full Applications.

Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than 4 PM on August 31, 2021. Hand-delivered applications must be signed-in at NHDES office by 4 PM on August 31, 2021.

- Request for Pre-Proposals Released: February 1, 2021
- Pre-Proposal Submission Deadline: May 28, 2021
- Applicants are notified for Full Application Submittal: Week of June 14, 2021
- Full Application Submission Deadline: August 31, 2021
- ACE public notice and New Hampshire Division of Historic Resources review: Week of September 6, 2021
- GIS Review Committee meeting: September 23, 2021
- Site visits: September and October
- Site selection committee evaluation and scoring meeting and votes on projects for funding: October 21, 2021
- IRT meeting and ACOE review/approval: Week of October 25
- The Wetland Council meeting: November 9, 2021
- Announcement of Awards: December 1, 2021

ARM Fund grants do not require matching funds, however projects that have secured, or potential, matching funds and in-kind services score higher under the evaluation criteria, as they demonstrate project readiness and partnerships. Applicants are encouraged to pursue partnerships, as it is often a key to project success.

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Contact Information:

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

Mail Applications to:
NHDES – Wetlands Bureau
ARM Fund Grant Program
PO Box 95
Concord, NH 03302-0095

Hand Delivery to:
NHDES – Wetlands Bureau
ARM Fund Grant Program
29 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03002-0095

For project eligibility contact, Lori Sommer, Mitigation Coordinator, (603) 271-4059,

For stream restoration eligibility, contact Cheryl Bondi, (603) 271-0727,

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