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Conservation License Plate Grants - Moose Plate Grants

Grants to New Hampshire Nonprofits and
Agencies to Preserve Historic Buildings

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

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06/14/19 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $10,000 to New Hampshire nonprofit organizations and government agencies to preserve and restore historic structures and buildings. A letter of intent must be submitted prior to the submission of a full application. Funding is intended for the preservation and restoration of publicly owned historic buildings and structures.

Examples of eligible projects include the following:
-Preservation projects for publicly owned historic buildings, bridges, cemeteries and other historically significant resources that are eligible for or listed in the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places or the National Register of Historic Places.
-Conservation, stabilization, and/or preservation of significant publicly owned historic artifacts and archaeological sites.
-Projects that preserve historical properties owned by towns, cities and counties or by state and federal agencies.

Standards for rehabilitation:
1. A property shall be used as it was historically or be given a new use that requires minimal change to its distinctive materials, features, spaces, and spatial relationships.
2. The historic character of a property shall be retained and preserved. The removal of distinctive materials or alteration of features, spaces, and spatial relationships that characterize a property shall be avoided.
3. Each property shall be recognized as a physical record of its time, place, and use. Changes that create a false sense of historical development, such as adding conjectural features or elements from other buildings, shall not be undertaken.
4. Changes to a property that have acquired historic significance in their own right shall be retained and preserved.
5. Distinctive materials, features, finishes, and construction techniques or examples of craftsmanship that characterize a property shall be preserved.
6. Deteriorated historic features shall be repaired rather than replaced. Where the severity of deterioration requires replacement of a distinctive feature, the new feature shall match the old in design, color, texture, and, where possible, materials.
7. Chemical or physical treatments, if appropriate, shall be undertaken using the gentlest means possible. Treatments that cause damage to historic materials shall not be used.
8. Archaeological resources shall be protected and preserved in place. If such resources must be disturbed, mitigation measures shall be undertaken.
9. New additions, exterior alterations, or related new construction shall not destroy historic materials, features, and spatial relationships that characterize the property. The new work shall be differentiated from the old and shall be compatible with the historic materials, features, size, scale and proportion, and massing, to protect the historic integrity of the property and its environment.
10. New additions and adjacent or related new construction shall be undertaken in such a manner that, if removed in the future, the essential form and integrity of the historic property and its environment would be unimpaired.

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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 September 1 the year you apply. 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 a 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.

In any given grant year, an applicant (a town, non-profit in a publicly owned building, county, or state agency) can only apply to ONE Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Division. Applicants should apply to the appropriate Division whose eligibility requirements match their project activities. Multiple applications from the same organization will not be considered for funding.

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

Pre-Application Information:

The Conservation License Plate Grant program begins with completion of an 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. The Intent to Apply Form must be submitted and approved prior to completing a grant application.

Intent to Apply forms are due Friday, May 3, 2019.

Applications must be received on or before 4:00 p.m., Friday, June 14, 2019.

Contact Information:

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

Intents to Apply forms can be submitted via email to:
Amy Dixon, Grants Coordinator

Or in hard copy to:
Grants Coordinator
NH Division of Historical Resources
Conservation License Plate Grant Program
19 Pillsbury Street, 2nd floor
Concord, NH 03301-3570

(603) 271-3485

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Hampshire