Coastal Program Announces Request for Proposals for “Design Solutions for Coastal Resilience” Funding Opportunity

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Coastal Program announces the availability of targeted funds for projects that enhance coastal resilience to current and future hazards.  The purpose of the “Design Solutions for Coastal Resilience” funding opportunity is to support projects that improve the ability of a community or system to proactively prepare for and “bounce back” from hazardous events such as hurricanes, coastal storms, and long-term sea-level rise and associated flooding. There are two types of eligible projects: Creative Communications and Design & Construction.

Proposed work must take place in one or more of the 17 N.H. coastal zone communities. Eligible applicants include municipalities, state agencies, regional planning commissions, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations.

A total amount of approximately $300,000 is available. Applicants must request a minimum of $40,000 and no more than $100,000 in grant funds per project. A two-to-one federal to non-federal match through cash or in-kind services is required, meaning that if $40,000 in grant funds are requested the applicant must provide $20,000 in non-federal cash or in-kind match. The funds are made available to the NHDES Coastal Program through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management, under the Coastal Zone Management Act.

Proposals must be emailed to by 4:00 pm EDT on Thursday, July 21, 2016.

The highest scoring applicants will be asked to refine scopes of services and budgets for contracting.

For more information on eligibility and submittal requirements, view the full request for proposals at

For further assistance, please contact Coastal Resilience Specialist Kirsten Howard at (603) 559-0020 or

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