Two Claremont organizations get grant money

Staff Report
Published: 7/26/2019 9:20:15 PM
Modified: 7/26/2019 9:53:14 PM

WEST LEBANON — Several agencies on the New Hampshire side of the Upper Valley are among the groups that will receive grants from the Northern Border Regional Commission, Granite State lawmakers announced on Friday.

A total of 14 recipients were awarded money from a $3.77 million pot from the NBRC, according to a news release.

Twin State Maker Space in Claremont was awarded $164,800 toward installing rooftop solar power atop its building. Savings on energy costs will go toward education and workforce development programming to help benefit the community, the release states.

Also in Claremont, Turning Points Network received a $250,000 award to help cover the cost of renovating 231 Broad St. to serve as the main office for the social services organization. The larger space will allow the network to widen its reach in delivering a program that increases skilled workforce throughout the region, the document indicates.

The Community College System of New Hampshire received $200,000 for a project in Grafton and Coos counties that will “address critical technical skills/service gaps to retain and expand regional business through an accredited test facility for welders and computer and technical skills training for advanced manufacturers and other businesses,” according to the release.

Two water-related projects in the Upper Valley also received funding.

The town of Newport was awarded $354,200 to help pay for the replacement of the water intake pipe system at Gilman Pond, something that will help prevent water bans during droughts and ensure businesses can operate uninterrupted.

The Meriden Village Water District received $376,000 to install a specialized infiltration system at its wastewater treatment facility so it can upgrade from surface water discharge to groundwater discharge, giving officials greater control over the level of contaminants in the water, according to the release.

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