NH Conservation Districts
Climate Resilience Grant
The mission of the NH Conservation Districts Climate Resilience Grant is to support and empower local farmers to build climate resilience throughout the Granite State.
This will be done through reducing the impact of agriculture on climate change (mitigation) through greenhouse gas emissions reduction and carbon sequestration, and through increasing the resiliency of New Hampshire Farms in a changing climate (adaptation),
while meeting farm’s conservation goals and needs. Extreme weather events, frequent and prolonged droughts, and increased pest pressures are increasing challenges for NH farms.
This grant program, through the NH County Conservation Districts seeks to support farmers in
meeting those challenges.
Since 2022, the NH Conservation Districts Climate Resilience Grant has distributed $345,661 to 49 farms across New Hampshire!
The 10 New Hampshire Conservation Districts are thrilled to announce the second grant round of the NH Conservation Districts Climate Resilience Grant.
The NH County Conservation Districts have launched this farm viability program to improve the resilience of NH farms in the face of extreme weather events and a changing climate. Direct grants to farms to invest in on-farm infrastructure, equipment, and innovative practices will support farm profitability and the long-term viability for NH’s agricultural sector.
This grant program was designed with a high level of farmer input to ensure the most pressing needs of farms will be met. The NH Conservation Districts have also worked in close partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and other conservation partners to ensure that this statewide program fills the gaps that are not being adequately met by federal funds.
Funds are available for projects that mitigate the impact of agriculture on climate change and enhance the on-farm adaptations to projected climate conditions. Preference will be given to projects that can demonstrate strong potential in mitigation and adaptation.
Interested in Applying?: Our 2023 Application Cycle is Now Closed
View the 2023 RFP Here: 2023 Request for Proposals (RFP)
Attend a Virtual Informational Session
An optional zoom informational session for interested applicants was held in January, view a recording here!
Ready to Apply
If you have reviewed the RFP and confirmed that you meet all of the eligibility requirements please complete an application: 2023 Application
Applications are due on February 1, 2023!
For further information or to discuss project proposals, please contact Amanda Littleton:603-756-2988 x4 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Funding Opportunities for Climate Mitigation and Adaptation:
American Farmland Trust New England Farmer Microgrants Program
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) Grant Archive
NH Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Resource Fact Sheet
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service: Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
Educational Opportunities and Resources for Climate Mitigation and Adaptation:
What do Northern New England Farmers Need to Adapt to Climate Change (Research Summary)
Past Recipients & their projects:
Boggy Meadow Farm, located in Walpole, NH, producing farmstead cheeses, will install a Johnson-Su compost bioreactor, to create a fungal-rich compost to improve on-farm soil health. Learn more about Boggy Meadow Farm, here!
Brookfield Farm, a certified Organic Dairy Farm in Walpole, NH, will apply potassium to select fields to increase the quality and quantity of forage, improve soil health, and improve plant resilience during extreme weather conditions and drought. Learn more about Brookfield Farm, here!
Deer Hill Farm, a diversified farm in Hinsdale, NH, will install a water supply system to support cattle and accommodate and increased rotational grazing to improve soil health. The new water supply system is being designed to prevent unnecessary watering, minimize excessive water runoff, and to decrease soil erosion and pasture destruction from water runoff.
Dog Days Farm, a 3-season mixed vegetable, fruit and herb farm in Fitzwilliam, NH, will purchase a Red Dragon tractor mounted flame weeder. Flame weeding will reduce tillage on open vegetable beds, improving soil health and promoting carbon sequestration. Learn more about Dog Days Farm, here!
Gentile Family Homestead, located in Fitzwilliam, NH, selling pasture based beef and pork directly to the community, will install an automatic cattle watering system, conserving water during periods of drought. Learn more about Gentile Family Homestead, here!
Lucky 13 Farm, a diversified vegetable farm, located in Winchester, NH, will purchase a stone burrier to improve soil health, reduce tillage, and promote carbon sequestration. Learn more about Lucky 13 Farm, here!
Manning Hill Farm, a diversified dairy farm, located in Winchester, NH, also selling all natural grass beef beef, pasture raised pork, chicken and eggs, and hay will clear pasture pine and install paddock fencing to increase space for rotational grazing. Rotational grazing will improve pasture soil health, promote carbon sequestration, and will also give rest time for fields during periods of drought. Learn more about Manning Hill Farm, here!
Picadilly Farm, a diversified farm in Winchester, NH, selling organically grown vegetables, will purchase a Perfecta Field Cultivator to reduce tillage, improving farm soil health and carbon capture. Learn more about Picadilly Farm, here!
This grant program is made possible through grants from the You Have Our Trust Fund, The NH Charitable Foundation, and the generosity of community members.
If you would like to make a donation to support future funding of the program, please do so here!
Donations to the fund may also be made by mail, checks can be made payable to
"CCCD" and addressed to 11 Industrial Park Dr., Walpole, NH 03608. Please include
“Climate” in the memo line. Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated and
make a difference!