Plan New Hampshire, in partnership with New Hampshire Housing, has announced a new initiative, the NH Municipal Technical Assistance Program. Its purpose is to provide funding for municipalities who wish to increase housing options for households with diverse needs and income levels. Grants of $2500 to $10,000 will be available in 2016 for developing new or revised regulations to improve choices in types and locations of places to live. The grants will be awarded from a competitive application process, which will include a requirement to raise twenty-five per cent of the award in a cash match. Applications will be available January 4, 2016, and due April 4, 2016. Applications will be reviewed and selected for funding by a committee of professionals from around the state with experience and expertise in the regulatory standards that shape the built environment. The successful communities will be announced in May.
This program provides affordable funding to public bodies and community-based non-profit corporations to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area. Funds can be used to purchase, construct, and/or improve essential community facilities, purchase equipment, and pay related project expense. This can include health care facilities, town halls, courthouses, airport hangars, street improvements, child care centers, fairgrounds, fire and police stations, police vehicles, fire trucks, public works vehicles or equipment, museum, libraries, private schools, community gardens, food banks. Applications are due January 8, 2016.
This program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. Long-term, low-interest loans and grants can be used for acquisition, construction, and improvement of drinking water sourcing, treatment, storage, and distribution; sewer collection, transmission, treatment, and disposal; solid waste collection, disposal, and closure; storm water collection, transmission, and disposal. Applications are due by January 29, 2016.
The Program is designed to help communities move their economic development agenda forward by learning how to support existing businesses and give them a platform for growth within the community. Cooperative Extension staff will work with local communities to research, prioritize and implement a BR&E program and will train community leaders and volunteers. The long-term outcome is job retention, business expansion, local leadership development and a stronger sense of community. If your community is interested or you would like more information please contact André Garron, Regional Economic Development Specialist for UNH Cooperative Extension at email@example.com or call 862-5171.
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