DES Offers Grants to Seacoast Communities for Coastal Resilience Projects

May 8, 2018

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is offering grants to coastal communities looking to better prepare for the effects of climate change.

A total amount of $200,000 is available to towns, state agencies, and private groups.  

Winning projects in the past have included everything from infrastructure projects, to flood plain studies, to educational outreach programs.

Steve Couture with DES’s Coastal Program says one thing the grants won’t pay for: projects that exclusively call for the use of hard armoring, like sea-walls.

“When you hard-armor something, that energy gets deflected and goes elsewhere so it basically deflects the problem to somewhere else.”

Grant applications will be accepted until early July.