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LCHIP opens grant round

The Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program announces the availability of grants for land conservation and historic preservation projects. Requests for funding are due on Sept. 13.

“LCHIP is grateful to the Legislature and governor for the unprecedented decision to provide full funding for LCHIP grants in [fiscal years] 14 and 15,” says LCHIP Board Chair Doug Cole of DS Cole Growers in Loudon. “This is the first time the program has received its entire dedicated fund. We are looking forward to reviewing the many applications for a higher level of funding.”

The Grant Round 12 application will be available on the LCHIP website at www.lchip.org by July 22. Applicants must meet LCHIP eligibility requirements and enroll the proposed project on the LCHIP Land and Community Heritage Register on the LCHIP website. These are matching grants, so least 50 percent of the total project cost must come from sources other than the LCHIP grant.

Application writing workshops will be offered on July 30 at the historic Belknap Mill in Laconia. Workshop registration information can be found on the LCHIP website.

“We are already getting inquiries from possible applicants for this upcoming grant round,” according to LCHIP Executive Director Dijit Taylor. “Applicants are very pleased at the prospect of more funding being available. The Legislature has reflected the priorities of the voters in allocating the income source created especially for LCHIP to the program.”

The New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program is an independent state authority that provides matching grants to New Hampshire communities and nonprofits, in an effort to protect and preserve the state’s most important natural, cultural and historic resources.

Its legislatively mandated mission is to ensure the perpetual contribution of these resources to the economy, environment and the quality of life in New Hampshire. LCHIP funds have helped 141 New Hampshire communities conserve 263,000 acres and 126 historic structures and sites to date, investing $27 million and leveraging more than $237 million in total project value.

For more information about LCHIP, call 224-4113.

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