Waste Management and Remediation Grants

Grants administered through NHDES help with contamination cleanup and closure of solid waste facilities.

Brownfields Cleanup Grants

On a biennial basis, NHDES holds a competition for brownfields cleanup grants of up to $200,000 per site. The grants provide funding to conduct cleanup activities at sites where the redevelopment or reuse of the site is complicated by the presence or potential presence of hazardous substances or contaminants. All grants relating to this program are subject to Governor and Executive Council approval.

NHDES intends to run a grant competition for year 2024. The grant competition will be announced during summer 2024.

The forms to apply for a brownfields cleanup grant are available below:

Questions and applications can be directed to Scott Drew at Scott.T.Drew@des.nh.gov or (603) 271-2890 or Melinda Bubier at Melinda.S.Bubier@des.nh.gov or (603) 271-1169.


Unlined Municipal Landfill & Incinerator Closure Grant Program

The Unlined Municipal Landfill and Incinerator Closure Grant Program provides reimbursement to municipalities for 20% of the eligible costs associated with the closure of an unlined landfill and/or incinerator. This grant program is codified in RSA 149-M:41-50 and rules pertaining to the grant program are in Chapter Env-Sw 1300 of the New Hampshire Solid Waste Rules. All financial assistance to municipalities relating to this program is subject to the appropriation of funds by the Legislature.

Eligible costs include:

  • Hydrogeological elements. 
  • Engineering investigation and design. 
  • Construction of closure elements in accordance with plans and specifications approved by NHDES pursuant to the New Hampshire Solid Waste Rules. 
  • Construction supervision. 

Eligible costs do not include land acquisition (except for land which is necessary to the physical elements of closure of an unlined landfill), administrative, legal and fiscal costs, nor costs for post-closure monitoring and maintenance. 

The application forms to apply for unlined landfill and incinerator closure grants are available below. 

Incinerator Closure Grant Application 

Unlined Landfill Closure Grant Application