Community Engagement was a large focus of the Candia Community Profile—both at the Community Profile event in April and prior to the event. The steering committee used a variety of tools to engage a wide population of Candia Community members. They were successful in conducting a student artwork project at the local school, hosting long-time resident storytelling circles, and using posters for people to prioritize issues and share thoughts at the New Hampshire Primary Election and Candia Town Meeting.
A landscape-scale invasive plant prioritization strategy produced by New Hampshire Fish and Game and the New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau Invasive Plant Working Group, with input from over 120 community members and natural resource managers and organizations. Get the resource
Communities across New Hampshire are already experiencing the impacts of a changing climate to their infrastructure, natural resources, and people. For example, the number and cost of presidentially-declared disasters and emergency declarations in New Hampshire has increased significantly since 2005. The increase in frequency and severity of storms has also presented communities with rising costs to keep roads clear and repair or replace parts of their infrastructure.
Grant Deadline: January 8, 2016. USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Programs serve non-profits and public bodies located in rural areas of up to 20,000 in population. Use loans and grants to renovate, repair, purchase or construct buildings which house community services. A non-profit or public body may use the loan or grant to purchase equipment, furniture and fixtures for community facilities. Eligible Community Facilities Projects Include:
Plan New Hampshire, in partnership with New Hampshire Housing, is pleased to announce the creation of a new initiative, the NH Municipal Technical Assistance Program. Its purpose is to provide funding for municipalities who wish to increase housing options for households with diverse needs and income levels.
How do you start a local preservation organization? An individual or a small group of people must realize that preservation issues are not being addressed adequately by the municipality or an existing organization. By creating a local preservation group, you are helping to ensure that the vitality and qualities of the community are properly planned for rather than left to chance. This guide explains how.
Wetlands perform many functions that are important to the health of our environment - they protect water quality in our lakes and for drinking, help ensure adequate water supplies, and provide wildlife habitat, flood control, and nurseries for finfish and shellfish. It is for these reasons that wetlands are protected under New Hampshire state law. Do you know how to identify forested wetlands?
The Center for a New American Dream and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) have joined forces to publish this Guide to Going Local. It's full of ideas and advice on how to strengthen the local economy in your town: through buying local, highlighting new entrepreneurs, instilling local pride, investing locally, and more. Get the resource
In the July/August issue, a NH Municipal Association article outlines four options for NH communities interested in pursuing energy projects. Energy Commissions in particular may find this to be a useful overview of available strategies for pursuing energy goals. Read more here.