2015 PREPA Local Grants

This grants program is now closed. 

To read about the funded projects CLICK HERE.

Request for Proposals – Full version in PDF

Summary, Budget Form & Match Letter – Word Versions

Eligible projects must result in achievement or significant progress toward achievement of one or more of the proposed actions for their community outlaid in the 2015 Piscataqua Region Environmental Planning Assessment (PREPA) or an action related to climate vulnerability, adaptation, and/or preparedness.

An applicant may submit a projected proposal for up to $10,000 of PREP funds. Below are estimated costs for specific projects and model ordinances (where applicable):

  • Adopting stream and/or wetland buffers: $5,000-$10,000
  • Increasing buffers or setbacks for wetlands, streams, buildings, or septic (Example from Portsmouth): $5,000-$15,000
  • Adopting fertilizer application setbacks: $3,000-$6,000
  • Adopting model stormwater management regulations (SWA Model ordinance): $10,000-$20,000
  • Adopting model conservation subdivision regulations (Guidance from NHDES): $5,000-$15,000
  • Completing a climate vulnerability assessment (Model from Portsmouth): $25,000
  • Completing a Natural Resource Inventory (Guidance from UNH Cooperative Extension): $10,000
  • Assess eligibility/apply for the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System (Guidance from FEMA): $10,000-$20,000


Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants include municipalities within the Piscataqua Region Watershed. Applicants are encouraged to work with qualified consultants, regional planning commissions and technical assistance professionals.

Relevance to PREPA Actions: The 2015 PREPA contains specific actions for each of the 52 communities within the Piscataqua Region Watershed. These four actions are prioritized for each community and play a part in improving and protecting water quality of the Great Bay, Hampton/Seabrook Harbor, and the NH Atlantic coastal watersheds.

Local Grant projects must address specific actions from the 2015 PREPA or an action addressing climate change within the community.


April 10, 2015: Request for Proposals released by PREP

April 10-May 30, 2015: Planning Board and/or Conservation Commission meet with consultants to discuss                         project at April and May meetings and determine which project the municipality wants to pursue.

May 30-June 5, 2015: Fill out application, review and sign off on grant requirement documents online

June 5, 2015: Submit project application to PREP.

June 5-June 30, 2015: Proposal review

July 1, 2015: Awards announced.

August 1, 2015: Projects begin.

August 1, 2015-July 30, 2016: Meet with consultants, presentations, public meetings, and adopt ordinance or regulations or complete assessment or inventory.

August 1, 2016: Project complete and adopted into town ordinances. Begin reporting.

October 1, 2016 Project final reporting complete.


  1. PROPOSAL SUMMARY FORM—Contains succinct information about the proposed project. PREP template must be used (Appendix A).
  2. PROJECT BUDGET FORM—Applicants must submit a Project Budget Form (Appendix B). Identify your qualified consultant for this project.
  3. MATCH COMMITMENT LETTER(S)—A separate letter of match commitment is required with project application from all partnering organizations expected to contribute in-kind services or cash as match for this proposed project. Match Letter Template.
    At least a 1:1 match is required for projects funded through this program. Towns must contribute 25% of project cost in non-federal cash.

Example of Cost-Share

Total Project Cost $20,000
PREP Funds Requested

$1,500 will be retained for communications and outreach

Your 25% Non-Federal Match Requirement (in cash) $2,500
In-kind Match $7,500

Preference will be given to applications with a greater than 1:1 match.

Five double-sided copies of the project summary form, budget form and match commitment letter(s) must be received by Rachel Rouillard, Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership, University of New Hampshire, Nesmith Hall [Room 302], Durham, NH 03824, no later than 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, June 5, 2015.  Faxed proposals will not be accepted. An electronic version of the proposal must also be emailed to Rachel.Rouillard@unh.edu before the deadline.

Direct questions to Rachel Rouillard, PREP Executive Director, at (603) 862-3948 or Rachel.Rouillard@unh.edu


In accordance with federal and state contract requirements, PREP requires that grantees follow specific reporting guidelines. Interim project report(s) and a final report will be required of approved projects before reimbursement requests will be processed. Report guidelines can be found below.

Grantee Resources (updated 2015)

Grant Guidelines 2015

Interim Report

Volunteer Reporting

Invoice Template

Match Letter Template

Third Party Cost Share Documentation

PREP is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program, a joint program between local, state and federal agencies established under the Clean Water Act with the goal of protecting and enhancing nationally significant estuarine resources. PREP is supported in part by an EPA matching grant and is housed within the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.