Municipal Technical Assistance Grant Program
Does your community need more choices in places to live – but zoning is preventing them? The Municipal Technical Assistance Grant (MTAG) Program may be assistance you need. We now accept applications on a rolling basis. If your community does not have the resources to complete and submit a full application, please give us a call. We want to work with you.
Illustrations Courtesy of Barnstead, NH Charrette
Who's MTAG for?
The New Hampshire Municipal Technical Assistance Grant Program offers grants to incorporated cities and towns in the Granite State to support expanding the supply and type of available housing in their communities through the modification of ordinances and regulations.
The MTAG program is administered by Plan NH and funded entirely by New Hampshire Housing. The reporting process for grant recipients is streamlined and not time-consuming. The program uses no federal funds.
Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000. A 15% match of cash and/or in-kind is required.
Grant funds are for hiring consultants to
• work with the community to identify its housing needs
• review current regulations
• re-write or create new zoning regulations
A key part of the program is community outreach and participation in the process. As part of the grant package, Plan NH partners with UNH Cooperative Extension to work with each MTAG program community to design an outreach and engagement program to meet its needs.
PARTICIPANTS TO DATE:
Boscawen, Candia, Claremont, Dover, Exeter, Farmington, Franconia, Hinsdale, Hopkinton, Jackson, Peterborough and Rochester.
MTAG may be the assistance you need
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions about the program and application. Email a brief description of the project along with any questions you might have to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, feel free to call us at 603-452-7526.
No. MTAG funds are specifically for technical assistance in reviewing, re-writing or creating zoning regulations or ordinances related to housing. You may want to do this in support of/to meet the goals of your existing/current housing chapter.
No. Grant funds may only be used to pay for consultant services provided in support of a MTAG Program -approved project, not any expenses incurred prior to grant award.
Yes, as long as the grant will be administered by a single municipality. Note that no matter the number of municipalities within one application, the funding limits ($5,000 – $25,000) are per application, regardless of number of municipalities per application.
No. We will work with you and your consultant to figure out a timeline that makes sense for your project and your community. We recognize on occasion an extension may be needed for a project. That is why the monthly reports are important in that provide a timely status report on your project. Otherwise, your grant could be in jeopardy.