NHDES is Now Accepting Applications for Culvert Flood Risk Assistance Grants

PORTSMOUTH, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) is accepting Culvert Flood Risk Assistance Grant applications for the replacement of outdated, undersized, perched, and/or degraded culverts that are highly susceptible to flooding. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to encourage the replacement of high-risk culverts with better designed crossings that meet improved structural and environmental design standards and flood resiliency criteria. Incorporating these standards into culvert replacement designs will reduce flood hazards and risks to public safety, including culvert failure and road washout.

Eligible applicants include New Hampshire municipalities and non-governmental organizations. Total anticipated funding available for the Culvert Flood Risk Assistance Grant Program is approximately $1,000,000. Funds are made available to NHDES through the American Rescue Plan Act.  

Applicants may request a maximum of $400,000 per culvert replacement project. A portion of the grant award may be used to fund non-construction related activities, including engineering and design, permitting, bidding/construction contract services, and project management and reporting, up to a maximum of 20% of the grant award. A match commitment will not be requested for this grant program.

For instructions, evaluation criteria, and to access the application form, visit the Culvert Flood Risk Assistance Grant Program webpage. Applications must be submitted using the online application form no later than 4:00 PM ET on Friday, July 1, 2022.

Please contact NHDES Watershed Management Specialist Ben Sweeney at (603) 559-0021 or benjamin.r.sweeney1@des.nh.gov with inquiries about this funding opportunity.