Funding is limited to the Connecticut River watershed upstream of the confluence of the White River and the Connecticut River at White River Junction, VT and West Lebanon, NH. Please see the eligibility map for more information. Projects within the White River sub-watershed will be considered ONLY when those projects offer “exceptional environmental benefits not available in the upper Connecticut River watershed.”
The Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund supports restoration, protection, and enhancement of the river, wetlands, and shore lands within the Connecticut River watershed upstream of the confluence of the White River and the Connecticut River at White River Junction, VT and West Lebanon, NH. This fund was created as part of the settlement agreement between the parties involved in the federal process to award a new operating license for three hydroelectric dams on the Connecticut River at Fifteen Mile Falls near Littleton, NH and Ryegate, VT. For further information on the creation of the fund please consult the settlement agreement.
Application and grant process
Contact staff to discuss your proposal idea.
Pre-application consultation is required. Please contact Ben Amsden, senior program officer at 603-225-6641 ext. 225 or Ben.Amsden@nhcf.org.
Log in or create a new profile in GrantSource.
If you have previously applied for grants from the Foundation through GrantSource, please log in with the email from your previous account, and click the “forgot password” feature to initially log in and then change your password. Then make any necessary updates to your profile. If you have never applied, please create a new profile using the “Register here” button.
Submit an interim or final report for all outstanding MEF-funded projects.
Interim or final reports for all outstanding projects must be submitted on or before the concept paper deadline of Monday, January 13, 2020.
Complete concept paper. Upload map, draft budget and metrics form.
Submit by Monday, January 13, 2020. Please consult the following templates for project budgets and metrics.
- Sample budget template for one-year projects
- Sample budget template for multiyear projects
- Metrics form
You will be notified about the status of your concept paper submission by Wednesday, February 5, 2020.
If invited, complete the full application.
If invited, all concept paper proposals are required to complete the full application through GrantSource by 5:00 pm on Friday, February 28, 2020. Concept paper proposals of up to $10,000 may be funded based only on the initial concept paper. In some cases, the MEF advisory committee may request a full proposal.
If your project is funded, you will be notified in March.
Publicize your grant.
If you are awarded funding and you’d like to share the good news, please refer to our grantee press kit.
At the end of your funding period, complete and submit a final grant report (including a final metrics form reflecting actual project accomplishments).
If you are applying for additional MEF funding, you must submit a final or interim report on all outstanding MEF-funded projects by the concept paper deadline.
Log in to GrantSource and submit your progress or final report via the online portal.