Through federal funding, NHCP enables projects that address coastal resources, like water quality protection, habitat restoration and climate change adaptation. Projects can be associated with coastal resource planning and management, coastal outreach and education, and construction and/or acquisition projects. Grants are offered on a competitive basis to eligible applicants, and at least a one-to-one match is required.
The funds are available to NHCP through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM), pursuant to the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972. Each year’s total available funds are dependant on federal funding to OCRM.
In addition, technical assistance grants are made available to Rockingham Planning Commission in Exeter and Strafford Regional Planning Commission in Dover. The assistance allows the planning commissions to provide professional planning services to their member communities located in the coastal zone . Projects can be associated with community master plan updates and assistance with drafting and revising local development ordinances and regulations.
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