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Youth Residential Facility Improvement Program

Information on the Youth Residential Facility Improvement Program

About the Program

The Youth Residential Facility Improvement Program provides support for up to 50% of the cost of eligible projects, up to a maximum award of $5,000,000 per entity, for New Hampshire non-profits that provide transitional housing for young adults under the age of 22, are recognized by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and are currently licensed by DHHS to provide youth treatment in a residential setting.

$5,000,000 of the overall $25,000,000 fund for this program is for entities seeking funding for smaller projects, with a maximum grant of $500,000 per entity. Smaller projects also require a 50% match by the entity.

Reimbursable expenses include those related to facility improvements to improve indoor air quality, mitigate the spread of respiratory diseases including COVID-19, improve the provision of services, install physical modifications that address staffing challenges, or to ensure the health and safety of program participants while maintaining the approved program capacity.

All reimbursed costs have to be allowable expenses under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund.

This program utilizes a “paper” application. Applicants will download and complete a fillable PDF document and then email it and any supporting documentation directly to GOFERR.

Review of applications will begin with those received by 11:59 p.m. on May 13, 2022.

GOFERR will first review completed applications that contain all necessary support and documentation that are received by May 13. Should funding remain after that initial review, GOFERR will review completed applications on a rolling basis, in the order they are received, until the funds for the program are depleted. Should funds allow, GOFERR will continue to accept applications until 11:59 p.m. on June 10, 2022. If the eligible requests received by May 13 exceed the funds available as of the May 13 initial review period, program awards will be made on a pro rata basis.

Applications should be completed and submitted promptly, as they may require follow up and additional documentation or information.

If an award is made, approval by Governor and Council will be required.

Please see the program FAQs for additional details.

Dates & Timelines:

May 13, 2022 – First Round of Completed Applications Reviewed
June 10, 2022 - Application Period Closes

Eligibility:

This program is open to New Hampshire non-profit entities that provide transitional housing for young adults under the age of 22, recognized by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and currently licensed by DHHS to provide youth treatment in a residential setting.
 
An applicant that is currently licensed (in good standing) by DHHS to provide youth treatment in a residential setting must also hold one of the following residential based child care program license types with DHHS:

  • Group Home
  • Child Care Institution
  • Homeless Youth Program
  • Independent Living Home

Additionally, an applicant must be registered with the New Hampshire Charitable Trusts Unit of the Department of Justice.

In this program, awards can be issued for eligible projects that are already completed, ongoing, or new for work done after March 3, 2021. Payment of funds will be made on a reimbursement basis for expenditures incurred by December 31, 2023. If projects are not completed by the time all awarded funds are expended, they must be completed by December 31, 2024, with the potential for limited exceptions.

Only one award for eligible expenses will be issued to eligible entities in this program. If an award is being sought for multiple facilities owned or operated by a single entity, each facility must be included in one comprehensive application.

 

Apply Now

Submit your application directly to GOFERR by using the following email address info@goferr.nh.gov.

How to Submit an Appeal:

Applicants will receive notice of the initial determination and amount of award, if any. They will then have 15 business days from the date of the initial notice to contest the determination.

Reasons to contest eligibility and/or award determinations are limited to the following:

  • If the determination was based on eligibility, provide an explanation and evidence to substantiate your claim about why your facility is actually eligible for the program
  • If you are contesting the calculation of the award, provide an explanation and evidence supporting that the calculation of the award, based on the information submitted in the application, is in error
    • NOTE: If the error was in the applicant’s submission, only scriveners or obvious typographical errors can be corrected

The appeal request and evidence shall be submitted in writing electronically to “Appeals@goferr.nh.gov.” The appeal will be determined based on the written submission and documents in GOFERR’s possession. No hearing will be held.

Applicants will receive a notice of the determination on the appeal. No further appeal is allowed.

Frequently Asked Questions

View FAQs for the Youth Residential Facility Improvement Program