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Aquatic Resource Mitigation (ARM) Fund Grant Program

Grants to New Hampshire Agencies, Nonprofits, and IHEs to
Restore and Protect Wetlands in the Merrimack River Watershed

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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES)

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08/30/19 4:00 PM Postmark or Receipt


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Grants to New Hampshire government agencies, special districts, IHEs, nonprofits, public school districts, and watershed associations to enhance and protect watersheds and wetlands in the Merrimack River Watershed. A pre-proposal must be submitted prior to submission of a full application. Funding is intended to replace, restore, or protect aquatic resources, similar to those that were impacted by development within the same watershed. Eligible projects include wetland or stream restoration and enhancement, as well as land, wetland, or stream acquisition and legal protection.

ARM Fund payments are made for permitted impacts to aquatic resources and the money is then pooled according to nine service areas. The NHDES ARM Program tracks the permitted projects that have deposited money into the ARM Fund along with information on the wetland and stream impacts, and the functions and values lost. A strong grant application will replace or protect similar wetlands and streams, and their functions and values, lost in the watershed.

Types of Eligible Projects:
1. Land Protection of an Upland Buffer/Wetland and Stream: Funds may be used to establish legal protection of upland areas associated with wetlands and other aquatic resources. The greater the buffer provided to the wetland or surface water, the more likely the area will continue to provide valuable functions.
2. Wetland Restoration/Enhancement: Funds may be used for projects that will increase the functions and values of a degraded or altered wetland. Examples of projects include removing fill, restoring hydrology, removing invasive species, establishing native plant communities, closing roadways, reducing impervious surfaces, or installing upland stormwater treatment into a wetland or stream.
3. Stream Restoration/Enhancement: Funds may be used for restoring aquatic connectivity and river processes to improve aquatic habitat, water quality and flood resiliency. Examples of eligible projects include: dam removal, culvert upgrades, daylighting streams, in-stream habitat enhancement (e.g., wood additions, pool formation), buffer improvements, floodplain reconnection, stormwater treatment and erosion control, bank stabilization using bioengineering techniques, and removing hard bank armoring.

For evaluation criteria, see pages 4-5 of the Grant Application Package in Supporting Documents below.

For eligible expenses, see page 6 of the Grant Application Package in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183460

Term of Contract:

All projects are to be completed within two years of the award date. All restoration projects must include a provision for five years of monitoring to demonstrate success.

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 this should be clearly documented in a letter or meeting minutes where a vote was taken to proceed with the proposal.

Partnerships among stakeholders are encouraged and it is acknowledge that consultants (i.e., wetland scientists, engineers, fluvial geomorphologists) may be needed to complete the application.

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 final design may be included in a project’s overall budget, the program cannot fund design-only projects.
- Projects expected to take longer than two years to complete.

Pre-Application Information:

A pre-proposal form must be submitted as a paper copy to the NHDES Wetland Bureau by May 31, 2019, to be reviewed by the SSC and IRT. Feedback will be provided to the applicant in June 2019, as to whether the project meets the ARM criteria or how the proposal could be strengthened. Projects deemed eligible will be invited to submit Full Applications.

Full Applications and supporting documents must be submitted to NHDES by August 30, 2019, 4:00 PM.

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. Leveraged funds should be noted in the budget. Applicants are encouraged to pursue partnerships, as it is often a key to project success. *Note— most of the money in the ARM Fund is collected to meet state and federal requirements, so money from the ARM Fund cannot be used as a non-federal match for other grants that require non-federal monies.

-Request for Pre-Proposals Released: February 2019
-Pre-Proposal Submission Deadline: May 31, 2019
-Applicants are notified for Full Application Submittal: Week of June 17, 2019
-Grant Application Submission Deadline: August 30, 2019
-ACE public notice and New Hampshire Division of Historic Resources review: Week of September 9, 2019
-SSC and members of the IRT conduct site visits: September 24, 26, and October 1
-SSC Evaluation & Scoring Meeting: October 10,2019
-IRT/Wetland Council Review/Approval: November 2019 
-Announcement of Awards: December 1,2019

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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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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Hampshire: Merrimack River Watershed