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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Grants Management Section
The NH Department of Environmental Service's (NHDES) Grants Management Section offers three financial assistance programs to communities for the design and construction of eligible stormwater and wastewater projects. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), the State Aid Grant (SAG) program, and the State Aid Grant Plus (SAG Plus).

Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)

The 1987 amendments to the Clean Water Act (CWA) created the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program, which provides low-interest loans to communities, nonprofits and other local government entities to improve and replace collection systems and wastewater treatment plants with the ultimate goal of protecting public health and improving water quality. A portion of the CWSRF program is used to fund nonpoint source, watershed protection and restoration, and estuary management projects that help improve and protect water quality in New Hampshire.

A major benefit for municipalities and other loan recipients is the substantial financial savings they can realize. When funded with a loan from this program, a project typically costs much less than it would if funded through banks or the municipal bond market. Loan interest charges are a percentage of the lower market rate at either the time of loan origination or project completion: 25 percent of the established market rate for a five-year term, 50 percent of the established market rate for a 10-year term, 75 percent of the established market rate for a 15-year term, and 80 percent of the established market rate for a 20-year term.

CWSRF Program Overview Documents

Incentive Programs

Rules & Regulations

Applications & Forms

Standard Contract Documents

Disbursement Requests

Construction Certifications

Davis-Bacon Related Acts Compliance

Disadvantaged, Minority, and Women Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE) Forms

American Iron and Steel (AIS) Compliance

State Aid Grant Program (SAG)

RSA 486 established the State Aid Grant (SAG) program, which provides financial assistance in the form of a grant to NH communities to off-set the planning, design and construction costs of certain sewage disposal facilities. Due to budgetary reductions, the SAG program has not received sufficient funding to provide grants to all eligible projects. Projects that were approved to receive funding by the Governor and the Executive Council prior to November 2008 continue to receive grant payments. However, SAG pre-applications received after November 2008 have been placed on the "Delayed and Deferred List" and may receive a grant in the event that funding is restored to the program in the future.

The SAG program provides a 20 to 30 percent grant, depending on the community’s sewer user fee, to NH communities for eligible sewage disposal facilities.

State Aid Grant Plus (SAG Plus)

In addition to the State Aid Grant Program (SAG), funds may be available to municipalities that expand, upgrade, or develop new wastewater treatment facilities to provide for septage disposal. A municipality may be reimbursed by the state an additional 10 percent of eligible costs, derived from the acquisition and construction of septage treatment facilities, which results in increased septage or treatment capacity to meet the septage disposal needs of their residents. The grant increases by two percent for each municipality with which the host community holds a written agreement to provide for their septage disposal needs. The total grant amount can equal up to 50 percent of the eligible costs (including the SAG). To apply for this additional grant money, applicants should utilize the same pre-application form and protocol as used in the SAG Program. For further information on SAG Plus, contact Ray Gordon, NHDES Septage Coordinator at 271-3571 or at



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