Drinking Water-Related Grants
There are several grants administered through NHDES intended to help with source water quality and protection.
For a look at other funding options for public water systems in New Hampshire, see this chart: Common Grants & Loan Sources for Public Water Systems.
- Cyanotoxin Monitoring Equipment and Training Grants
Since 2017, NHDES has made grants available to public water systems that utilize surface water sources to assist in the development of programs to monitor their source and finished water for indicators of cyanobacteria blooms and cyanotoxins. Applicants funded through this program have utilized grant funds for equipment purchases, including handheld fluorometers to monitor for cyanobacterial pigments, microscope cameras for cell enumeration and imaging, and equipment to facilitate the collection of surface water samples.
Projects that involve the collection, analysis or manipulation of environmental (e.g., water quality) data will require a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP). Grant funds may be used to develop a new QAPP and/or a Site Specific Project Plan (SSPP), the latter being required when there are deviations from an approved QAPP. If the equipment and/or activities are currently addressed within the existing US EPA Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative (CMC) QAPP, applicants may be able to cite that document rather than developing their own. Past applicants have used grant funds for the reimbursement of expenses associated with the development of a SSPP.
For the 2020 round of grants, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
- Drinking Water Asset Management Grant
The Community Water System Asset Management Grant provides assistance to community water systems (serving a population < 200 people) in developing asset management programs. The program will provide a 100% matching grant up to $20,000 for water systems to conduct asset management initiatives for drinking water infrastructure. Grant applications are accepted annually in the fall/winter. NHDES will post a direct link to the grant application form during the next grant round.
Asset Management is a systematic process of operating, maintaining, upgrading and disposing of assets cost-effectively while maintaining a level of service that is acceptable to the customers. NHDES’ goal is to establish a centralized location to provide information, technical assistance and funding opportunities to assist communities with the development of sustainable asset management programs.
- Leak Detection Survey Grant
The NHDES Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau has offered the Leak Detection Survey Grant since 2010. This grant is open to all community water systems in New Hampshire. Selected applicants receive a free leak detection survey by a professional leak detection firm that is retained by NHDES through a competitive bid process.
The grant program is administered in annual grant rounds. The application for each grant round is available in June, and the leak detection survey is conducted during the following field season (typically April to November). For example, the application for the 2020 field season was available in June 2019.
These surveys are an important way of discovering leaks on a system’s water mains, service lines, hydrants, and valves. Proactive leak detection and repair can reduce a water system’s pumping and treatment costs, provide an opportunity to better manage and prioritize system projects, and protect water supply quality and quantity.
The application period is currently closed. The application for the 2022 round of grants will be available in June 2021.
- Local Source Water Protection Grant Program
Since 1997, NHDES has made small grants to water suppliers, municipalities and other local organizations for the purpose of protecting drinking water sources. Protection projects funded through this program have included delineation of wellhead protection areas, inventorying potential contamination sources, development of local protection ordinances, groundwater reclassification, shoreline surveys, drinking water education and outreach activities, and controlling access to sources.
The application for the 2021 round of grants was due on November 2, 2020. For more information regarding Local Source Water Protection Grants, please contact Bess Morrison at (603) 271-2950 or Pierce Rigrod at (603) 271-0688.
Click on the links below to download a grant application, Request for Award form, Quarterly Report Form or see a list of previously funded projects.
- 2020 Grant Application and Information Packet
- Quarterly Report Form
- Request for Award Form
- Descriptions of Local Source Water Protection Grant Projects Funded from 1997 to 2019
- Small Public Water System Tank Inspection Grant
The Tank Inspection Grant is intended to assist small community water systems serving less than 500 people an opportunity to clean and inspect their drinking water tanks. This grant is to assist all active community water systems serving 500 people or fewer and with storage tanks that are 20,000 gallons or less. The maximum grant amount is 50% of the total cost based on actual invoices and submittal of final product, up to a maximum of $4,000 per tank for each water system.
The evaluation criteria are designed to prioritize very small community water systems most in need. These criteria include (1) age of the tanks, (2) prior deficiencies that would affect the water quality, (3) affordability, and (4) prior state or federal funding assistance. Learn more about the Tank Inspection Grant program.
For additional information regarding technical assistance for small public water systems, see the Small PWS Help Center.