NH Municipal Technical Assistance Grant (MTAG) Program
Funded by New Hampshire Housing and administered by Plan NH, The MTAG Program is for New Hampshire communities who want to expand options for places to live (eg, by location, and/or design) and need to change their zoning regulations in order to do so. Grants range from $5000 to $20,000. A 25% cash match is required.
For example, the community may want places to live in the town center, but current zoning does not allow it. Or people may be looking for denser neighborhoods of smaller homes, but current zoning does not allow it.
Grant funds are for hiring consultants to review current regulations and re-writing what’s there and/or creating new ones to address the wants and needs of the community’s members regarding housing choices.
A key part of the program is community outreach and engagement in the process.
The next round of applications has not yet been determined for timing, but here is information to help you and your community prepare:
Please give us a call at 452-7526 if you’d like to find out more for your own community.
Dover and Farmington have been selected for 2018.
Candia and Rochester were each selected in 2017.
In 2016, the towns of Boscawen, Franconia, Hinsdale, and Peterborough were selected to each receive a grant for technical assistance in reviewing, rewriting or creating new zoning regulations to increase options for places to live for households with changing and/or diverse needs and income levels.
- In Boscawen, funds were used for technical assistance to combine several zoning districts into a single, multi-use (including places to live) zoning district in its major travel corridor.
- In Franconia, funds were used for technical assistance to guide the process of developing consensus-based zoning amendments that support increased choices in places to live in and round the town’s center – while addressing the physical and infrastructure challenges that are often barriers to providing more homes and businesses.
- Hinsdale’s grant funds were used to remove regulatory barriers to provide more options for its residents for places to live, employment opportunities and transportation choices. The Town voted for a tiny house ordinance.
- Peterborough created regulations for a new village node, which includes workforce housing and other additional types of places to live.