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Conservation License Plate Grants - Moose Plate Grants

Grants to New Hampshire Nonprofits and
Agencies for Historic Preservation Projects

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Funding Source:

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New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) - New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources (NHDHR)

LOI Date:

05/07/21

Deadline Date:

06/25/21

Description:

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Grants to New Hampshire nonprofit organizations and government agencies for historic preservation projects. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to the submission of a full application. Funding is intended to support the preservation and restoration of publicly owned historic buildings, structures, and resources.

The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources (NHDHR) provides grants under the Conservation License Plate Program, commonly called the “Moose Plate” program, for the preservation of significant publicly owned historic resources that contribute to New Hampshire’s history and cultural heritage. 

Historic resources are buildings, structures, objects, sites, cultural landscapes, or contributing properties within historic districts that are either listed or have been determined to be eligible for listing to the New Hampshire State Register or National Register of Historic Places. Cemeteries are considered under this category. 

Funded projects:

  • Projects that demonstrate adherence to the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (https://www.nps.gov/tps/standards.htm).
  • Preservation projects for publicly owned historic buildings, bridges, cemeteries and other historically significant resources that are eligible for, or listed to, the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places or the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Conservation, stabilization, and/or preservation of significant publicly owned archaeological sites.
  • Projects that preserve historical properties owned by towns, cities, counties or by state agencies.

For information about review criteria, see: https://www.nh.gov/nhdhr/grants/moose/documents/clpmanual.pdf#page=4

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169178

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000

Term of Contract:

The project schedule assumes a start date no earlier than October 1 the year you apply. This date may change based on the receipt of Governor and Executive Council approval. Grantees have two (2) years to complete the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- New Hampshire state agencies
- New Hampshire county agencies
- Local municipalities
- Nonprofit organizations [IRS Code 501(c)(3)] operating in a publicly owned building

Not Eligible:
- Projects for privately owned historic resources.
- Archaeological research.
- Engineering studies or reports.
- Preservation projects that do not demonstrate adherence to the Secretary of the Interior Standards.
- Applications from any organization submitting more than one Conservation License Plate Grant application to the Division of Historical Resources for a project or projects in a single grant cycle.
- Applications from any organization submitting Conservation License Plate Grant applications to more than one of the Department of Cultural Resources’ divisions for the same project or projects in a single grant cycle.
- Work that has been begun or completed, in any part, prior to Division of Historical Resources Conservation License Plate grant award approval.
- Construction of new buildings.
- Acquisition of collections or historic sites.
- Conservation of collections.
- Reconstructing historic properties (recreating all or significant portions that no longer exist).
- Moving historic properties or work on moved historic properties that are no longer eligible for listing in the State or National Registers of Historic Places.
- Cash reserves, endowments, revolving funds, or fund-raising costs.
- Lobbying or advocacy activities.
- Administrative costs.

Conservation License Plate grants are NOT open to for-profit organizations, federal government agencies, or private individuals.

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of Intent to Apply will be due no later than Friday, May 7, 2021. Applicants will receive a response whether they should proceed to complete the full application and any other feedback within five (5) business days from the date they submit their LOI.

The Conservation License Plate Grant program begins with submitting the Intent to Apply form. The Intent to Apply is a mandatory first step to determine an applicant’s eligibility and whether the proposed project will meet the grant program guidelines. An applicant’s Intent to Apply must be submitted and approved prior to completing a grant application.

Full Applications will be due no later than Friday, June 25, 2021. Because of COVID-19, the DHR will accept grant applications and the required attachments electronically by the application deadline.

The DHR will answer questions and do a technical review of draft applications before the application deadline.

It is the DHR’s hope to make announcements of funding by early fall 2021.

Previous applicants or recipients may apply for additional funding or re-apply for an earlier grant proposal that was not funded.

If your property has not been listed on the National Register or the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Properties/Places, you may apply for a grant if the property was determined eligible for either the State or National Registers. You may need to schedule an appointment with Tanya Krajcik to review NHDHR’s files and to get a copy of this determination.

Properties that have not been determined eligible should contact Megan Rupnik for more information. Please contact Megan Rupnik to learn about the requirements for obtaining a Determination of Eligibility (DOE) from the DHR. A DOE or proof of listing to either the State or National Registers is required to apply for a Moose Plate grant.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please email your LOI to Amy Dixon at amy.s.dixon@dncr.nh.gov.

If you have any questions about the Division's Conservation License Plate Grant Program or have a project idea you would like to discuss please contact Amy Dixon by email or call 603-271-3485.

Tanya Krajcik
tanya.e.krajcik@dncr.nh.gov
603-271-6568

Megan Rupnik
megan.r.rupnik@dncr.nh.gov
603-271-6435

New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources
Conservation License Plate Grant Program
19 Pillsbury Street
Concord, NH 03301-3570

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