Tata & Howard has a proven track record of assisting our clients with applying for and securing grants and loans that are necessary to fund their critical water and wastewater infrastructure projects. Over the years, we have built strong working relationships with grant writers and programs in Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire. One of the most successful grant programs is the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC). Since it’s founding in 2008, the NBRC Federal-State partnership has provided Federal grants to employment-generating projects that have helped reduce poverty, unemployment, and outmigration. This is primarily accomplished through the NBRC’s Economic & Infrastructure Development (EID) Investment program.
While the EID Investment funds originate from the Federal Government, they are approved by consensus between the Federal Government’s NBRC representative (the Federal Co-Chair) and the Governors of the States.
Eligible EID Investment projects:
- Develop the transportation, telecommunication and basic public infrastructure within the region;
- Assist the region in obtaining job skills and employment related education, as well as entrepreneurship, technology and business development;
- Provide basic health care and other public services for those areas that are severely economically distressed and underdeveloped;
- Encourage resource conservation, tourism, recreation, and preservation of open spaces in a manner consistent with economic development goals; and/or,
- Support the development of renewable and alternative energy sources.
Who can apply?
Generally, eligible EID investment recipients can include municipalities, counties, non profits, Native American tribes, and the States of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York.
Are there restrictions?
Yes. Per statute, the NBRC annually assesses the economic and demographic distress of all NBRC counties. That data determines whether or not the Commission can provide investments within a county as well as what level of match is required for Commission funded projects. A breakdown of distress data categories and a current list of distressed counties can be found at the Assessing Distress in NBRC Counties page.
- The maximum investment for any one project is $250,000;
- All investment are in the form of reimbursements for previously paid and eligible expenses,
- Applications for 2016 are available in March and due in June;
- By statute, NBRC investments are considered non-federal for match purposes — up to 80% of the total project — making them attractive for leveraging other federal funds;
- Congressional appropriations may change from year to year;
- The annual appropriation is divided equally between Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York to fund regional investments.