Coastal Resilience Grants

Competitive grant funding for coastal community and habitat resilience projects.

To support coastal communities as they adapt to climate changes, the New Hampshire Coastal Program administers the Coastal Resilience Grants (CRG) Program, which provides funding for coastal community and habitat resilience projects. The CRG funding opportunity supports projects that build capacity, advance planning and develop designs to increase coastal resilience in one or more of New Hampshire’s Coastal Zone communities. Coastal Zone communities include Dover, Durham, Exeter, Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Madbury, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, North Hampton, Portsmouth, Rollinsford, Rye, Seabrook and Stratham.

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 well-being of all peoples and habitats over the long-term.

Coastal Resilience Grant Application Resources

The 2023 application period for the Coastal Resilience Grant (CRG) applications is now closed as of Friday, May 26, 2023, at 4 PM EDT. The 2023 Application Instructions and Evaluation Criteria are available for reference.

Funded Projects

Since 2014, the New Hampshire Coastal Program has funded 23 Coastal Resilience Grant projects totaling $972,167 in federal grant funding and $478,858 in non-federal match from grantees. See below for summaries of previously funded projects. Final reports and deliverables for completed projects are available upon request. Please contact us for more information.

a coastal wetland with vegetation and a wooden walking path2023 Coastal Resilience Grant Awards

In 2023, the New Hampshire Coastal Program funded three Coastal Resilience Grant projects totaling $159,430 in federal grant funding and $38,728 in non-federal match from grantees. Grants were awarded to the Rockingham Planning Commission in partnership with the Town of Seabrook, Rockingham County Conservation District, and Strafford Regional Planning Commission in partnership with the Town of Newmarket. 

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People working to Install a well for groundwater test borings at the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire building.2021 Coastal Resilience Grant Awards

In 2021, the New Hampshire Coastal Program funded four Coastal Resilience Grant projects totaling $121,279 in federal grant funding and $47,250 in non-federal match from grantees. Grants were awarded to the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, Rockingham County Conservation District in partnership with the Town of New Castle, the Town of Exeter, and Robinwood Center.

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a flooded street with a home in the background2020 Coastal Resilience Grant Awards

In 2020, the New Hampshire Coastal Program selected three (3) Coastal Resilience Grant projects totaling $147,900 in federal grant funding and $34,832 in non-federal match from grantees. Grants are being awarded to the Strafford Regional Planning Commission in partnership with the City of Dover, Rockingham Planning Commission and the Nature Conservancy.

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water floods a walkway2019 Coastal Resilience Grant Awards

In 2019, the New Hampshire Coastal Program funded five (5) Coastal Resilience Grant projects totaling $96,090 in federal grant funding and $50,806 in non-federal match from grantees. Grants were awarded to Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc. in partnership with the Town of Seabrook, NH; Rockingham Planning Commission in partnership with the Town of Exeter and the Town of North Hampton; Strafford Regional Planning Commission in partnership with the Town of Durham and the City of Dover.

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a wide concrete stream crossing2018 Coastal Resilience Grant Awards

In 2018, the New Hampshire Coastal Program funded four (4) Coastal Resilience Grant projects totaling $223,071 in federal grant funding and $97,701 in non-federal match from grantees. Grants were awarded to the New Hampshire Sea Grant/University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, Great Bay Stewards, Inc., the Town of Newmarket.

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People sit in a huddle on the beach2014 Coastal Resilience Grant Awards

In 2014, the New Hampshire Coastal Program funded three Coastal Resilience Grant projects totaling $188,099 in federal grant funding and $175,605 in non-federal match from grantees. Grants were awarded to New Hampshire Sea Grant/University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, the Town of Newmarket, and The Nature Conservancy.

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a sign and a bridge over coastal water2016 Coastal Resilience Grant Awards

In 2016, the New Hampshire Coastal Program funded four (4) Coastal Resilience Grant projects totaling $195,728 in federal grant funding and $75,774 in non-federal match from grantees. Grants were awarded to the Town of North Hampton, New Hampshire Sea Grant/University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, the Town of Durham, and the Rockingham Planning Commission.

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