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Community Event and Activation Grant Program Accepting Applications

Published: 01/06/2023

The Community Event and Activation Grant (CEAG) program is now accepting applications. Funded by the City of Manchester as an approved use of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, this program aims to help Manchester recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. With guidance from the Department of the Treasury Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Final Rule, this program calls to action community-based projects that address public health, public safety, the economic recovery of impacted sectors, educational disparities, and more. Up to $10,000 per grant is available to organizations, individuals, and neighborhood groups. A total of $1,000,000 is funded through the end of December 2026 and allocation must take place by the end of December 2024.

Please note: Community Event and Activation Grants cannot exceed $10,000 and require a minimum 25% match through private funding, in-kind donations, and/or volunteer hours. Grant funds are not paid in advance. Upon completion of the project, grantees will submit one reimbursement request to the Planning and Community Development Department Community Improvement Program.

HOW TO APPLY: Download the application here. Applications are due by February 15, 2023.
Please make sure to use the 1/2023 version of the application. Older versions of the application will not be accepted.

Funding is competitive, submission of an application does not guarantee funding. 

Please submit complete applications to PCD-ARPA@manchesternh.gov with the subject line “CEAG Application”, or by mail to City of Manchester, Planning and Community Development, Attn: CEAG Application, 1 City Hall Plaza, Manchester, NH 03101.

For questions, please email PCD-ARPA@manchesternh.gov or call (603) 792-6721. We invite you to share the program flyer with your networks. Información en español disponible aquí

Applications accepted through February 15, 2023

Request for Proposals, Development of Affordable Housing with Federal HOME-ARP and ARPA funds

Published: 06/14/2022

The City of Manchester is pleased to announce the availability of approximately $3.4 million of funding for the development of affordable rental housing and non-congregate shelters. The City’s goal is to increase affordable housing options for “qualifying populations” and “low-income households” as defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Proposals will have to comply with requirements set forth by HUD’s HOME and HOME-ARP Programs.

Proposals are due by 3:00 p.m. on July 15, 2022, and must be submitted to the Department of Planning and Community Development. Please refer to the full text of the RFP for details.

Any questions regarding the RFP should be sent to Todd Fleming, CIP Coordinator for the Manchester Planning and Community Development Department, at tfleming@manchesternh.gov

Hallsville School RFPs - Additional Information

Published: 06/13/2022 2:38 PM

In response to additional inquiries about the Hallsville School, a third date for access to the school has been set for Friday, June 17th, at 10:00 AM.

Also, additional information regarding the HVAC system has been gathered. The two boilers were replaced in 2002 and a fresh air system was completed in 2006.

Request for Proposals, Hallsville School

Published: 05/26/2022 4:17 PM

The City of Manchester is pleased to announce the solicitation of proposals for the acquisition or lease of the Hallsville School Building, located at 275 Jewett Street.  The City’s goal is the redevelopment of the building with continuation of its historic character.  A proposal that includes affordable housing for families and/or seniors is strongly encouraged.  Other uses for the building that would support the character of the residential neighborhood, provide community resources, and not place a significant burden on the traffic patterns in the area are also encouraged.  Proposals are due by 3:00 p.m. on July 29, 2022, at the Office of the City Clerk.  Please refer to the full text of the RFP for details. 

Any questions regarding the RFP should be sent to Pamela Goucher, Deputy Director of Planning and Zoning for the Manchester Planning and Community Development Department, at pgoucher@manchesternh.gov.    

Land Use Code Kickoff

Published: 12/14/2021 1:53 PM

The Manchester Planning and Community Development Department will host a public meeting at 6:00 p.m. on December 15 in the Aldermanic Chambers of City Hall.  The meeting will begin the process of amending the Manchester Zoning Ordinance and incorporating it into a unified land use code.  The meeting will introduce the purpose of zoning, the goals of amending the ordinance, and describe how to get involved.  The meeting will be televised and will be available on Manchester Public Television's website on-demand.  For more information, please refer to the meeting's poster.

Final Draft of the 2021 Manchester Master Plan

Published: 07/16/2021 9:29 AM

The Manchester Planning Board is pleased to announce that a final draft of the 2021 Manchester Master Plan is available for public review.  The Board would welcome any and all constructive comments on the plan.  

The  Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 5, beginning at 6 pm to review and adopt the updated Master Plan for the City of Manchester.

The public is invited to attend and comment.  

A copy of the current City Master Plan, adopted in 2009 can be found here.

Mayor Craig, City of Manchester Allocates $4.7 Million for Development of Affordable Housing

Published: 06/15/2021 9:55 AM

Mayor Craig, City of Manchester Allocates $4.7 Million for 

Development of Affordable Housing

Utilizing Federal HOME funds, proposal represents $3.7 million increase over original budget

MANCHESTER, NH - Today, Mayor Joyce Craig and the Department of Planning and Community Development announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for $4,700,000 to develop new affordable housing units in the City of Manchester. These funds were made available through the federal HOME program from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

This is a $3.7 million increase in funding for affordable housing projects from the $1,037,611 originally allocated in the Mayor’s FY22 budget.

“Affordable housing is one of the biggest challenges facing Manchester residents. This significant investment puts people first while at the same time addresses the critical need in our community,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “These funds will allow us to focus on a ‘Housing First’ model to address homelessness, and make sure families, seniors on a fixed income and those with disabilities have access to safe, affordable housing that meets their needs.”

Projects utilizing these funds will provide housing for low-income individuals making between 30% and 80% of the area median income, and require that these individuals not pay more than 30% of their annual income on total housing costs. The funds may be used for the development of new affordable units or rehabilitation of existing units. In addition, proposals are encouraged, but not required, to include commercial space, market-rate residential units, public green space, and public art.

All requests will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of the Director of the Planning and Community Development Department, the Director of Homeless Initiatives, and a representative from the Board of Mayor and Aldermen CIP Committee, who will then make recommendations to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for final approval.

Proposals are due by 3:00 P.M. on July 16th, 2021, and must be submitted to the Department of Planning and Community Development in City Hall. 

Download the full RFP here.

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