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Coastal Resilience Grants

Competitive grant funding for coastal community and habitat resilience projects.

Each year, coastal communities in New Hampshire experience damages to property, infrastructure, natural and cultural resources, and associated economic and social disruptions from coastal storms, flooding, and erosion. According to the 2019-2020 New Hampshire Coastal Flood Risk Summary, coastal flood hazards are projected to intensify and expand with the effects of climate change. To help communities prepare for current and future coastal hazards, the New Hampshire Coastal Program administers the Coastal Resilience Grant Program, which provides competitive funding for coastal community and habitat resilience projects.

Coastal resilience is the capacity of a coastal community or coastal system to thrive 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” to create new ways of working that enable sustained achievement of community goals and social, economic and environmental well-being over the long-term.

Apply NOW

The New Hampshire Coastal Program is currently accepting applications for the 2021 Coastal Resilience Grant funding opportunity. Applications must be submitted using the online Application Form no later than 4:00 PM EDT on Friday, July 30, 2021.

Informational Webinar

The New Hampshire Coastal Program held an informational webinar on the 2021 Coastal Resilience Grant funding opportunity on June 3. A recording is available at the link below; you will be prompted to register in order to view it.

Questions and Answers

Responses to all questions submitted prior to Friday, July 17, 2021, will be posted here at a later date. Please contact NHDES Coastal Program Resilience Coordinator Kirsten Howard with inquiries.

Funded Projects

Since 2014, the New Hampshire Coastal Program has funded 19 Coastal Resilience Grant projects totaling $850,888 in federal grant funding and $431,608 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.

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.

View 2014 Summary of Funded Projects  

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.

View 2016 Summary of Funded Projects  

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.

View 2018 Summary of Funded Projects  

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.

View 2019 Summary of Funded Projects  

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.

View 2020 Summary of Funded Projects  

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Resilience Program Coordinator
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