The purpose of the Trust Fund:
“…to provide for the protection, preservation, and enhancement of the drinking water and groundwater resources of the state.” – RSA 485-F:1
Important Dates for 2022
|June 30, 2022||Eligibility Applications Due
2022 SWP Eligibility Application
Instructions for Completing and Submitting an Eligibility Application Form 2022
|September 8, 2022||Funding Applications Due
2022 SWP Funding Applicationation-Form-2022
Instructions for Completing and Submitting a Funding Application Form 2022
|November 2022||Advisory Commission expected to make funding decisions|
What the grant program offers
The DWGTF Source Water Protection (SWP) Grant Program offers funding to permanently conserve our water supply lands through land acquisition and conservation easements. Grants cover up to 50% of eligible project costs with a maximum grant award of $500,000. Eligible project costs are pro-rated to the percent of eligible source water lands that overlap the project property.
- A State agency, board, or commission or any political subdivision of the State;
- Any person or legal entity, such as a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, association, or non-profit organization, that owns a community water system or water distribution system;
- A non-profit organization that owns a non-transient, non-community water system;
- A land trust or other non-profit organization that has among its purposes the conservation of land; or,
- Other entities approved by the Commission consistent with RSA 485-F.
Grant Program Overview
Resources for Applicants
- Document Checklist and Grant Overview
- Timeline for projects applying to both the SWP & LSWP grant programs
**New in 2022! Applicants can use the SWP application to also apply for the NHDES Local Source Water Protection (LSWP) grant program. The LSWP grant can be used to cover transaction costs associated with acquiring the project property. Applicants can request up to $25,000 from the LSWP grant program. Click here to learn more. Applicants will indicate their interest at the Eligibility Application stage. The funding Application for the SWP grant program will also be the formal application to the LSWP grant program. Include a detailed budget as an attachment to the SWP Funding Application that itemizes what costs the LSWP is intended to cover.
Resources for Approved Projects
Annual Monitoring Report Forms:
Finding Eligible Source Water Land
Wellhead Protection Areas (WHPAs) for active wells used by a community or non-transient, non-community public water system, and Hydrologic Areas of Concern (HACs) are automatically eligible source water lands. Future Water Supply lands need to be approved by the Advisory Commission’s Application Review Subcommittee at the Eligibility Application stage.
A map of eligible land can be accessed through the NHDES OneStop Data Mapper. It is important to read through the Identifying Eligible Land GIS Guide on how to access the database before entering the Data Mapper. You will need a PIN and password provided by NHDES to access the database. When requesting a PIN, explicitly state the nature of your organization (whether a municipality, water supplier, or a conservation organization) and that you are applying for the DWGTF Source Water Protection Grant Program.
Click to download the 2022 Identifying Eligible Land GIS Guide