An overview of current programs and programs under development
Programs Currently in Operation
New Hampshire Emergency Rental Assistance Program
NHERAP funds can cover current and past due rent, as well as utility and home energy costs for eligible households. This assistance is available retroactive to April 1, 2020 through the date of application, and the applicant may also receive assistance for these same expenses going forward. Households may receive assistance for a total of 12 months.
Payments will be provided directly to the landlord or utility provider on behalf of the household. Landlords, with the tenant’s permission, may apply for assistance on behalf of their tenant.
To be eligible, at least one person in the household must qualify for unemployment benefits, had their income reduced, had significant costs, or had other financial hardship due to COVID-19. The household must also be at risk for homelessness and meet certain income requirements.
The program is federally funded and must follow federal law. This program is only for eligible renters and landlords, not homeowners, per federal rules.
Live Venue Assistance Program
The Live Venue Assistance Program is for New Hampshire venues that participated in GOFERR’s 2020 Live Venue Relief Program (LVRP) and that are also categorically ineligible to receive relief through the federal Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program. Awardees will receive a pro rata percentage of their actual 2021 operating expenses, up to 75% of those expenses or $750,000 – whichever is lower.
The application period closes on July 9, 2021.
Programs Under Development
Please check this page for more information, which will be posted in the coming weeks.
Lodging Relief Program
Hotels and other lodging establishments were not included in the Federal government’s SBA restaurant revitalization program. This program will help New Hampshire lodging establishments continue to cover revenue gaps as we come into the summer tourism season. In particular, lodging establishments that cater to business travelers, events, conferences, or other non-leisure travel are going to take longer to recover from COVID-19.
Business Support Programming – Recoupment Relief
Federal CARES Act rules limit revenue replacement programs like the Main Street Relief Fund and the SELF program in a way that may require recoupment of some grants to New Hampshire businesses. The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration will notify any business if this requirement applies to them. In those instances, this program will allow businesses to apply certain COVID-19 related business expenses toward any recoupment requirements. This program will also provide an option for businesses to spread out any recoupment payments for up to three months.
Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Program
Under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), the State will receive a total of $112 million in Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to distribute to New Hampshire non-metropolitan cities and towns (so-called Non-Entitlement Units or NEUs), this includes all NH municipalities except for Dover, Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth and Rochester – these five cities receive separate FRF allocations directly from U.S. Treasury as metropolitan cities. The Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Program will begin accepting applications no later than June 18, 2021.
On June 16, 2021 at 3 PM, GOFERR in collaboration with the New Hampshire Municipal Association will present a one-hour webinar about the Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, allowable uses, and federal reporting.