Applications for grants from the Northern Border Regional Commission are now available. Created by the US Congress in 2008, the NBRC’s mission is to help alleviate economic distress and encourage job creation throughout the northern regions in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. The deadline is June 2.
Within New Hampshire, the commission’s grant programs cover Coos, Grafton, Carroll and Sullivan counties. Information sessions will be held from 1-3 pm, March 29 at the CSB Community Center, Claremont, and 1-3 pm April 7 at the Wolfeboro Town Hall, and 1-3 pm at the North Country Resources Center, Lancaster.
Eligible grant projects must develop the transportation, water, sewer, energy and telecommunications infrastructure of the region; assist the region in obtaining job skills and employment related education, as well as entrepreneurship, technology and business development; provide basic health care and other public services for those areas that are severely economically distressed and underdeveloped; promote resource conservation, tourism, recreation, and preservation of open spaces in a manner consistent with economic development goals and to promote the development of renewable and alternative energy sources.
Applications from New Hampshire agencies and organizations must be submitted to the state’s Division of Economic Development for processing. The division will also provide technical assistance to applicants. After the ranking is completed, the governors of the four states will certify to the commission their priority projects.
New Hampshire applicants should contact Mollie Kaylor of the NH Division of Economic Development at (603) 271-2591.