NH Municipal Technical Assistance Grant (MTAG) Program

Next deadline for applications:  September 29, 2017.

Plan NH is pleased to announce that the Municipal Technical Assistance Grant (MTAG) Program will continue in the coming year. Applications for the next round of funding are due September 29, 2017.  Selections will be made in October.

Grants may be no less than $5000 and may not exceed $20,000.

The 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.  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 25% cash match is required. The timing of the process allows for those communities who need to go to Town Meeting in 2018 for the cash match.

A key part of the program is community outreach and engagement in the process.


NH Municipal Technical Assistance Grant Program 2018

Please give us a call at 452-7526 if you’d like to find out more for your own community.

Candia and Rochester were each selected to participate in the program beginning this year (2017).  They are just getting under way.

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.