Grants and Funding Opportunities

Grants and Funding Opportunities

The following are known grants and funding opportunities for municipalities served by Nashua Regional Planning Commission. NRPC can assist our member communities with applying for and administering potential grants to implement their distinct goals.
We welcome input!  Send suggestions for additions/deletions to the list to Kathy Kirby.  Please note this page is not all-inclusive and is new as of February 2023 and still being populated.

Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program (ATIIP)
Agency: DOT Federal Highway Administration
Eligibility: Local or Regional Governmental Organizations; Multicounty Special Districts; State; Multistate Group of Governments; or An Indian Tribe.
Eligible Project Types: two different categories of grants: (1) Planning and Design Grants and (2) Construction Grants.  

The Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program (ATIIP) projects will help improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of active transportation networks and communities; improve connectivity between active transportation modes and public transportation; enhance the resiliency of on- and off-road active transportation infrastructure and help protect the environment; and improve quality of life in disadvantaged communities through the delivery of connected active transportation networks and expanded mobility opportunities.  The ATIIP grants will allow communities to identify, prioritize, and implement improvements to the largest barriers to safe, accessible, and equitable pedestrian and bicycle network connectivity through the development of infrastructure that will provide substantial additional opportunities for walking and bicycling. Eligible organizations will be able to create plans or implement active transportation networks that connect destinations within or between communities or create plans or implement an active transportation spine connecting two or more communities, metropolitan regions, or States. The ATIIP also provides an opportunity for eligible organizations to enhance their overall transportation network by integrating active transportation facilities with transit services, where available, to improve access to public transportation.
Funding: up to $44,550,000 for two different categories of grants
Deadline: Monday, June 17, 2024, 11:59 p.m.   
For more information, visit: grants.gov/search-results-detail/353043


Arts For Community Engagement Project Grants
Agency: NH Department of Natural & Cultural Resources
Eligibility: any organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS and not-for-profit incorporation in the State of New Hampshire; state, federal, county, municipal, or government agency; or unit of a post-secondary educational institution that meets the following conditions: make all programs and facilities accessible to people with disabilities; have submitted all required reports on past State Arts Council grants, good standing with the N.H. Secretary of State’s Office and the N.H. Attorney General’s Office,  Arts organizations only: at least one-year of arts programming prior to the application deadline.
Eligible Project Types: projects occurring between 12/1/2024 - 11/30/2025.  Arts for Community Engagement (ACE) project grants support community enrichment and public benefit by providing access to high quality arts performances, activities, and programs presented by community-based organizations, Main Street programs, and municipalities.  This grant category supplies a wide variety of activities including performances, exhibits, workshops, community arts programming, and collaborative public arts projects that engage the arts and artists for the benefit of New Hampshire residents and communities.  
  • Click here to download the grant guidelines in PDF format.
  • Click here to download the budget form in MS Excel format.
  • Click here to download the budget form in PDF format.
  • Click here to start the online application. Please click here to download written instructions on how to fill out the online application.
Funding: Funding requests may be made for $1,000 - $8,000. Matching funds will be waived for Fiscal Year 2025 (July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025). However,  applicants are encouraged to include in-kind or cash match as part of their budget to increase the strength of their application, deepen collaboration with community partners, and enhance the funding of their project.
Deadline: June 28, 2024, 11:59 p.m.

US Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant - Municipal Solar Grant Program
Agency: NH Department of Energy - RFP #2024-006
Eligibility: an individual NH city or town that proposes a new ground-mounted, parking canopy mounted, or rooftop solar electricity/photovoltaic system that serves exclusively the electrical load of the municipally-owned buildings within the same city or town.
Eligible Project Types: Proposed solar electricity/photovoltaic systems shall not exceed 60 kW DC in total installed capacity and shall serve no more than 125% of the electrical load of all participating municipally owned buildings based on 2023 calendar year data. The proposed project shall have a Solar Site Survey completed and showing (at a minimum) 80% insolation.  Proposers shall wholly own the project site location and any buildings that benefit
from the project. Projects shall be physically located in New Hampshire and within the geographic boundaries of the municipality proposing a project. Any point of grid interconnection shall also be in New Hampshire. 
Funding: Grant funds will only cover costs of materials and equipment delivered to the project site and incorporated into the project.  Directly related labor, construction, and installation project costs will also be covered.
Tier 1 grant: $50,000 - $200,000 (requirements: municipality has a 45+ 2023 Core Data Index Score and full ownership of the project is retained without a third-party ownership arrangement.)
Tier 2 grant: $40,000 - $120,000 (for municipalities that cannot satisfy the Tier 1 requirements).
Deadline: Thursday, August 1, 2024 at Noon.
For more information, visit https://www.energy.nh.gov/rules-and-regulatory/requests-proposals

Safe Streets & Roads for All (SS4A)
Agency: USDOT
A competitive grant program to support planning, infrastructure, behavioral, and operational initiatives to prevent death and serious injury on roads and streets involving all roadway users, including pedestrians; bicyclists; public transportation, personal conveyance, and micromobility users; motorists; and commercial vehicle operators
Eligibility:  MPOs; Political subdivisions of a State of territory (e.g., cities, towns, counties); federally recognized tribal governments; multijurisdictional group of entities described in any of the aforementioned three types of entities.  
Eligible Project Types: develop a comprehensive safety action plan (Action Plan). Conduct supplemental safety planning to enhance an Action Plan. Carry out demonstration activities to inform the development of, or an update to, an Action Plan. Perform planning, design, and development activities for projects and strategies identified in an Action Plan. Implement projects and strategies identified in an Action Plan that address roadway safety problems.
Funding: up to $1,261,494,000 for FY 2024 grants under the SS4A program. Of the funding made available, up to $780 million is available to implement projects and strategies. The remainder, $461,494,000 must be awarded for developing Action Plans; conducting supplemental planning to update existing Action Plans; or carrying out demonstration activities to inform the development of, or updates to, Action Plans. 
Deadline: Planning and Demonstration Grant applicants have three deadlines:  
• Thursday, April 4, 2024, 5:00 PM (EDT) • Thursday, May 16, 2024, 5:00 PM (EDT) • Thursday, August 29, 2024, 5:00 PM (EDT).  
Implementation Grant
applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM (EDT) on Thursday, May 16, 2024. 
Funds will be awarded to applications submitted after each deadline. Funding awards in later deadlines will be contingent on the availability of remaining funds.   
For more information, visit: https://www.transportation.gov/grants/SS4A

New Hampshire Housing Opportunity Planning (HOP) Grant
Agency:  New Hampshire Housing
Eligibility: cities and towns in New Hampshire
Eligible Project Types:  these grants are for municipalities to hire consultants for the following activities: 

  • Update the housing, land use, and vision sections of the master plan, and related aspects of the implementation section, as well as the community facilities section or other relevant sections as they pertain to water and sewer in support of housing development. 
  • As part of a larger project, conduct a housing needs assessment or analysis. 
  • Audit a municipality’s land use regulations and make recommendations for changes to promote housing development.  
  • Create new regulations or revise existing regulations with the stated primary goal of increasing the supply of housing in the community, especially affordable and workforce housing. 
Grant-funded activities should generally assist applicants to become eligible for New Hampshire Housing Champion designation pursuant to RSA 12-O:71.  Municipalities may either hire consultants using a competitive process or choose a consultant from a list of pre-approved qualified consultants (which includes regional planning commission). See more at NHHOPGrants.org/consultants.  

Funding:  $2.9 million has been allocated to to the Housing Opportunity Planning (HOP) Grant program. 
Deadline: Applications are due Monday, September 30, 2024 and will be reviewed and approved by the committee through a competitive process.  New Hampshire Housing will be hosting two pre-application orientation sessions to address your questions on July 24th and August 13th at noon. To register for those sessions, and for additional program details, visit  NHHOPGrants.org.
For more information, reach out to info@nhhopgrants.org 


Hometown Grant Program
Agency: T-Mobile partnering with Main Street America and Smart Growth America
Eligibility: elected officials, town managers/employees, tribal leaders, or nonprofit community leaders from small towns with population less than 50,000
Eligible Project Types: no specific category.  Open to shovel-ready projects that foster local connections, such as technology upgrades, outdoor spaces, the arts, and community centers.  Applicant’s proposal must include plans, budget, timeline, anticipated impact, and up to five letters of support.
Funding: up to $50,000 
Deadlines: Applications will be open on a quarterly basis. Submissions for the second quarter (Summer) are now open and will close June 302024.
Summer: Applications open April – June
Fall: Applications open July – Sept.
Winter: Applications open Oct. – Dec.
Portal will close on the last day of each quarter and reopen for the new quarter on the first of the month.
For more information, visit the T-Mobile Hometown Grant Program website.

Community Facilities Program Disaster Repair Grants in Vermont and New Hampshire
This program provides grants to repair essential community facilities in rural areas that were damaged by Presidentially Declared Disasters in Calendar Year 2022. 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, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.  Funds are available until the funds are exhausted (beginning July 2023 & still available as of June 2024).  For more information, please visit Community Facilities Program Disaster Repair Grants in Vermont and New Hampshire | Rural Development (usda.gov)


Other Resources

AARP
AARP has a database of available grants which you may search here: https://grantstracker.aarpfoundation.org/grants-database.php.  Sign up for AARP's Grant Opportunities Distribution List. The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages.  the 2024 application deadline has passed.  The 2025 Community Challenge will most likely be announced January 2025.
Grants.gov
There are several federal grant opportunities available to municipalities for various purposes.  To search the latest funding opportunities, click on Search Available Grants at Grants.gov.  The search options menu on the left side of the screen allows for many search options including, Funding Instrument, Eligibility, and Category.  

National Endowment For The Humanities
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is making grants of up to $10,000 to help small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections. Eligible applicants can include municipalities, schools, libraries, historic societies and other nonprofit organizations. The program encourages applications from small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant.  For more information, visit: https://www.neh.gov/grants/listing