New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program*
Maximum Grant Amount
The New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program will begin accepting Intent to Apply forms on May 1.
Natural Resource Applicants
Land conservation endeavors to protect high-quality lands from development. Lands can be conserved for a variety of purposes, including:
- water quality protection
- wildlife habitat protection and enhancement
- preservation of scenic views and
- conservation of important forest and agricultural lands.
Land conservation helps to maintain the economic base of New Hampshire by ensuring the availability of an adequate long-term supply of forest products, and local food, as well as enhancing the tourism industry. Land conservation not only protects the irreplaceable physical resources of our natural environment, but also protects the vitality, quality of life, and sense of place that are so important in our communities and in our state.
Historic Resource Applicants
Historic preservation endeavors to protect and preserve buildings, structures, districts and sites, which reflect elements of local, state or national history.
Historic preservation not only protects the irreplaceable physical resources in our built environment, but also protects the vitality, quality of life, and sense of place in our communities.
Eligible applicants may apply for funds for the protection, restoration or rehabilitation of the following natural, cultural, or historic resources (as listed in statute):
- archaeological sites;
- historic buildings and structures which house cultural events and programs;
- historic properties including buildings and structures;
- historic and cultural lands and features;
- ecologically significant lands;
- existing and potential public water supply lands;
- habitat for rare species or important wildlife;
- lands for recreation;
- riverine, lake, estuarine, and ocean shorelands;
- scenic areas and viewsheds; and
- wetlands and associated uplands.
Organizations applying for LCHIP funding must be either a municipality or other political subdivision of the state of New Hampshire, or be a publicly supported nonprofit corporation exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c) of the Internal Revenue code. Other interested parties may partner or work with an eligible organization or government entity but may not apply directly to the program.
Note: Attending a Grant Workshop is required for first time applicants and recommended for repeat applicants in April, prior to submission of an Intent to Apply form. If a member of your team has attended a LCHIP Grant Workshop in the past this requirement may be waived. If a new applicant is unable to attend the workshop, they must contact the LCHIP office and obtain a waiver from the Executive Director before the workshop takes place.
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