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Grants to New Hampshire Agencies, Non- and Quasi-Governmental Organizations, and IHEs to Address and Increase Resilience to Climate Change

Coastal Resilience Grants


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Funding Source
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES)
Coastal Program
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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, and Stratham

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/26/23 4:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $70,000 to New Hampshire state agencies, non-governmental and quasi-governmental organizations, coastal municipalities, and academic institutions in eligible regions to address and increase resilience to climate change. The goal is to ensure the long-term well-being of all peoples and habitats. Preference is given to projects that focus on environmental justice, inclusive access to coastal areas, coalition-building, sustaining and protecting cultural heritage, and/or restoring and protecting natural coastal resources. Projects must take place in one or more of the coastal zone communities, including Dover, Durham, Exeter, Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Madbury, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, North Hampton, Portsmouth, Rollinsford, Rye, Seabrook, and Stratham.

The CRG funding opportunity supports projects that (i) build capacity, (ii) advance planning, and (iii) develop designs to increase coastal resilience, including community and/or habitat resilience, in one or more of New Hampshire’s Coastal Zone communities. 

For the purposes of the CRG funding opportunity, coastal resilience is the capacity of a coastal community or coastal system to adapt in a changing climate — not only measured by the capacity to “bounce back” quickly from shocks and stresses like storms, but also, and perhaps more importantly, measured by the capacity to “leap forward” by fostering sustained and equitable achievement of community goals and ensuring the social, economic, environmental, and cultural wellbeing of all peoples and habitats over the long-term.

All projects must minimize negative impacts to environmental resources, and strong preference will be given to projects that avoid negative impacts to environmental and cultural resources. Across all project categories, preference will be given to projects that collaboratively develop products and outcomes, meaning that projects integrate inclusive, ethical, and mutually beneficial engagement and decision-making structures. These projects will employ best practices for reaching, building trusting relationships with, and centering priorities of groups that have been historically excluded from municipal government and other decision-making spaces. Groups include but are not limited to communities with low incomes, Black communities, Indigenous communities, communities of color, speakers of languages other than English, and people with disabilities. Best practices for inclusive engagement include but are not limited to providing daycare services, conducting events in specific neighborhoods, and providing stipends to enable full participation.

Project categories include Building Capacity, Planning, and Design. For more information on project categories, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include coastal municipalities, quasi-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and state agencies.

Federal grant funds and match may not be used for final engineering designs, permitting, or construction costs. Federal grant funds may not be used for equipment purchases that exceed $5,000.

Pre-Application Information
- Application Webinar: Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 11 AM – 12 PM ET
- Emailed Questions Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2023 at 4 PM ET
- Application Due Date: Friday, May 26, 2023 at 4 PM ET
- Award Notifications: Friday, June 16, 2023
- Finalized Project Scopes: Monday, July 31, 2023
- Project Start Date: October 2023 - January 2024
- Project End Date: No later than June 30, 2025

Governments and organizations may be involved in more than one application but may only submit one proposal as the lead applicant.

A 4:1 federal grant funds to non-federal match through cash or in-kind services is requested but not required. For example, a project seeking $40,000 in federal grant funding is expected to provide at least $10,000 in non-federal match commitment for a total project budget of $50,000. Applicants may include a justification for reduced or no match commitment, in cases where a reduced match commitment will eliminate any barriers to applying for CRG funding.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants must request a minimum of $10,000 and no more than $70,000 in federal grant funds per project.

Term of Contract
Project duration should be 12 to 18 months, depending on the project scope and budget. Projects are expected to begin as early as November 2023 and shall begin no later than January 2024 otherwise CRG funds awarded to the applicant will be forfeited. Projects are expected to end between December 2024 and June 2025.

Contact Information
Online grant application form:

For questions about this RFP:
Kirsten Howard, Resilience Program Coordinator
NH Department of Environmental Services, Coastal Program
222 International Drive, Suite 175
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: (603) 559-0020

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