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Grants & Funding

Targeted Block Grants for Planning Assistance - 2017 Grants Now Available!

The Rockingham Planning Commission (RPC) is pleased to announce the availability of a matching grant program for member communities in the RPC region. Each year the RPC receives a grant from the N.H. Office of Energy and Planning to use for regional planning projects, support of RPC's mapping efforts, and training for local land use boards. Each year RPC uses a dedicate a portion of these funds, entitled Targeted Block Grants (TGB) for local planning assistance for member communities.

Given the success of the grant program, for the upcoming fiscal year RPC have decided to offer available matching funds in the amount of $6,000 for the next round of grants.

Details and the application for the TBG Planning Assistance Grant program are provided below:

  • The grant program is a 50/50 matching program. The local match must be in the form of budgeted funds and be available as of July 1, 2016.
  • A total of $6,000 in matching funds is available for this fiscal year.
  • The grant awards will be between $1,000 and $2,500 per community and can be used only for planning assistance provided by the RPC.
  • The project must be able to be completed by May 30, 2017.
  • Boards and/or communities must apply in the form of a cover letter and completed application form (copy enclosed) to the RPC that adequately describes the project details, work tasks, work products, total project cost (including amount of local share), source of local funds, and local contact person.
  • All applications must be received in the RPC offices by 5:00 P.M., June 15, 2016.
  • To be eligible to apply for the grants, a community must be a dues paying member of the RPC.
  • These funds may not be used for projects already covered by existing contracts with the RPC or for circuit rider planner contracts.

If the amount of funds requested exceeds the total available, the submitted applications will be judged based on the quality and completeness of the project proposal, the demonstrated need for the project, the extent to which the project results could be transferable to or benefit other communities, and the availability and amount of local match. Funding decisions will also consider the goal of funding as many communities and projects as possible, and whether the community has received funding previously under the program.

Projects eligible for funding include, but are not limited to, the preparation or revision of master plans, water resource management and protection plans, capital improvement programs, zoning ordinances, natural resource protection ordinances, subdivision regulations, site plan review regulations, natural resources inventories, assistance to local energy committees, computer generated (GIS) maps, and other similar projects.

If you have any questions regarding the TBG Planning Assistance Grant program or want to discuss your proposed project, please contact Glenn Greenwood at (603) 778-0885 or

Targeted Block Grant Application - FY 2017 (Due June 15, 2016)