The Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership offers financial support to organizations whose work implements the PREP Management Plan. The primary ways organizations can receive funding/assistance from PREP are the Local Grants Program, the Community Technical Assistance Program, and the Land Transaction Assistance Grant Program.
Local Grants Program
The annual Local Grants Program is open to organizations conducting projects in Piscataqua Region that help achieve the PREP's Management Plan goals. Projects must relate to at least one Action Item from the PREP's Management Plan. Eligible activity areas include water quality, land use and habitat protection, shellfish resources, habitat restoration, and public outreach.
A 1:1 non-federal match ratio is required to be eligible for PREP grant funds. Match can be cash or in-kind services, such as volunteer time. Organizations are allowed to submit one proposal. Eligible applicants include municipalities, community groups, schools, land trusts, watershed associations, environmental groups, regional planning commissions, and other organizations that conduct conservation work in the coastal watershed. Projects are selected through a competitive application process.
A Request For Proposals is issued each fall. It can be obtained via the PREP website (under Request for Proposals), or by contacting the PREP Project Coordinator at 862-3403 or by email.
Community Technical Assistance Program
The PREP's Community Technical Assistance Program provides assistance to communities on a wide range of regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to natural resources protection. The PREP Management Plan (pdf/8MB) identifies many priorities that involve implementing actions at a community level. In order to implement those actions and to assist communities, the PREP will hire Technical Assistance Providers (“TAPs”) to work with communities on natural resource topics of mutual interest to the community and the PREP. TAPs are organizations and firms with expertise in natural resource protection issues and activities. Communities interested in receiving customized assistance from qualified professionals should submit an application to the PREP. The program is intended to be simple for communities to participate: the PREP pays for the assistance and manages the contract agreement with the TAPs.
To learn about current CTAP opportunities and past projects, go to the CTAP webpage.
Coastal Watershed Land Conservation Transaction Assistance Grants
PREP provides matching grants of up to $4,000 per project to communities, land trusts, and conservation organizations for transaction costs associated with permanently protecting land from development.
Applications deemed eligible and complete will be funded on a first-received, first-funded basis, as available funding allows. Direct questions on this program to Derek.Sowers@unh.edu or 862-3948.