Grant Opportunities for Wetlands Restoration Now Available
Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is pleased to announce that grant opportunities are now available. The Aquatic Resource Mitigation (ARM) Fund grants are available for eligible wetland restoration, land protection or habitat improvement projects. Any of New Hampshire's communities that lie wholly or partially within the service areas are eligible to apply for ARM Fund grants.
ARM Fund payments are collected according to nine service areas and are available for the purpose of replacing or protecting wetlands and other aquatic resource functions and values that were impacted by development projects in the watershed areas. In 2013, the grant funded the preservation of 2,200 acres in 9 communities including wetland and stream restoration and enhancement and stream passage restoration.
Pre-Proposal Submission: Applicants are required to submit a one- to two-page summary detailing their watershed proposal to the DES Wetlands Bureau office by 4 PM April 28, 2014. The ARM Fund Program pre-proposal form can be found at des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wetlands/wmp/categories/forms.htm Please submit one hard copy and one electronic (pdf) copy.
An ideal project would provide resource restoration within the context of a proposed conservation proposal. The key to success is the long-term protection of those wetland functions that are restored or enhanced. Reviewers will favor proposals that clearly demonstrate how the project's wetland protection, restoration, enhancement and/or creation will be sustainable over the long-term. Where project scores are comparable, preference will be given to those projects that provide long term protection of the project area and its buffer or provide long term management to ensure the greatest environmental benefit from funds available. Details of the mitigation program and towns included in the service area can be found at des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wetlands/wmp/index.htm
Prior to filing an application, it is strongly suggested to discuss the proposal with DES Mitigation Coordinator, Lori Sommer, at [email protected] or (603) 271-4059.