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Grants Available for NH Rural Communities

The New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs has announced that the process to begin applying for funding through the state-federal Northern Border Regional Commission’s (NBRC) Catalyst grant program for economic and community development projects is now underway.

Created in 2008 by the US Congress, the NBRC is a federal-state partnership working to alleviate economic challenges in four states along the northern border – New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Maine.

In New Hampshire, projects are eligible for the Catalyst, Forest Economy, and Timber for Transit grant programs in all, or portions of, Belknap; Carroll; Cheshire; Coos; Grafton, and Sullivan Counties.

Upcoming information webinars will cover the 2024 Forest Economy Program via Zoom on Feb. 12, 1-2 pm and Feb. 13, 10-11 am, and the 2024 Timber for Transit Program will be held Feb. 12, 2-3 pm; and Feb. 13, 9-10 am. Registration is required and links are available at

The 2024 Catalyst Program Information Session will be held Feb. 14, 1-2 pm, at the Historic Cheshire County Courthouse, 12 Court St., Keene.

The New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA) offers technical assistance to eligible projects planning to submit an application. For more information, contact Steve Fortier, BEA’s administrator of rural economic development.

BEA administers the program within the state and works with eligible communities and organizations throughout the year. NBRC also partners with other federal agencies to provide access for eligible entities to additional funding opportunities for workforce development; growing the recreation economy; and attracting and retaining healthcare workforce.

For more information on NBRC programs, technical assistance, and funding, contact Steve Fortier at or visit