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Waste Management and Remediation Grants

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

Brownfields Cleanup Grants

On a biannual basis, NHDES holds a competitive grant competition for brownfields cleanup grants of up to $200,000 per site. The cleanup grants provide funding to conduct cleanup activities on properties where the redevelopment or reuse of the site is complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance or contaminant.

CURRENT ROUND: The Brownfields Program is making $400,000 available for two or more Cleanup Grants and is soliciting applications from interested eligible entities. Brownfields sites are defined under the federal brownfields law, known as the Brownfields Revitalization Act of 2002, as "real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant." Our program strives to help communities overcome some of the barriers to successful brownfields redevelopment. One of these barriers is the uncertainty regarding the availability of funding to address contamination.

The Cleanup Grants will provide funding to conduct cleanup activities on underutilized and abandoned properties in an effort to position them for redevelopment and put them back into productive use. Individual Grants will be limited to no more than $200,000 per site. The deadline for submitting applications was August 31, 2020. Applications and additional information is available on the forms below:

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