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ARTS Conservation License Plate Grant

Grants to New Hampshire Nonprofits and Agencies
to Preserve Historic and Cultural Resources

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New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) - New Hampshire State Council on the Arts (NHSCA)

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06/15/18 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $2,000 to $20,000 to New Hampshire nonprofit organizations and government agencies for the conservation of publicly-owned arts, cultural, and historic resources. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an informational workshop; sessions are available February 20, 22, 27, and March 1. LOIs are due April 27.

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts (NHSCA) provides grants under the Conservation License Plate Program, commonly called the “Moose Plate” program, for the conservation of publicly owned artworks, artistic elements of publicly owned facilities that serve as sites for arts programming, projects that improve public access to historically significant artwork, and projects that make historic cultural facilities and the arts programming that takes place in them, more accessible to the public.

The NH Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) receives a percentage of the “Moose Plate” funds raised from the sales of Conservation License Plates. These funds are directed back into communities through grant programs facilitated by the State Library, Division of Historical Resources and the State Arts Council to promote, conserve, and protect New Hampshire's natural, cultural, and historic resources. Interested applicants should apply for funding from the Division whose criteria and eligibility requirements best match their project activities. In any given fiscal year, an organization can only apply to ONE Division (State Library, Historical Resources or State Arts Council) for a single project.

Eligible Projects:

-Projects that conserve publicly owned artworks that contribute to New Hampshire's cultural heritage. Artwork can be located inside and outside the facility and include historic paintings, photographs, theater curtains, and sculpture. For information on contacting conservators, click here.

-Projects that maintain or conserve artistic elements of publicly owned cultural facilities including historic murals, stenciling, stained glass windows, light fixtures, weathervanes, ornamental plaster work, wood paneling, moldings and trim work, ornamental hardware (e.g. hand wrought iron hinges, latches, etc.), or specialized flooring (e.g. tile mosaics, inlay or parquet hardwood, etc.). Conservation or replacement of historic elements should be accomplished by professional conservators and/or traditional craftsmen/artisans who have proven expertise in this work. Replacement with commercially mass-produced and available products is not eligible for this funding. For information on locating potential contractors, craftsmen, artisans, etc.,

-Projects that improve public access to historically significant artwork or arts documents, while protecting and preserving the originals.

-Projects that make historic cultural facilities and the arts programming that takes place in them more accessible to the public, including people with disabilities (e.g. ramps, lighting, elevators, etc.).

Sample Projects:
-Conservation cleaning and treatment for a Civil War memorial in a national historic site located in New Hampshire.
-Conservation and exhibition of 19th century White Mountain School oil paintings and pencil sketches owned by a town library.
-Purchase of archival materials to store a collection of historic recordings of a contra dance caller from the 1940s donated to a state college or university archives.
-Preservation of original hand-painted stage curtains or scenery designed in the early 20th century for local opera houses or town halls.

Funding Criteria:

The following criteria are used by reviewers to rank applications for this grant category:

Artistic and Historical Significance of Conservation Project:
-Significance of artwork, arts documents, and/or cultural facility to New Hampshire's cultural heritage.
-Artistic/architectural quality of artwork/facility elements to be conserved /preserved.

Public Benefit:
-Degree to which the facility or artwork is imminently threatened by damage, as well as the nature of that threat.
-Degree to which the project will preserve or make accessible the facility, documents, or artwork for public use and benefit.
-Degree to which the historic building is used or has the potential for use as a cultural facility.
-Evidence of ADA compliance: This grant’s funding criteria requires ADA compliance in that grantee programs, services and facilities are accessible OR a plan to make them accessible is in place and being followed.

Quality of Project:
-Quality of the project design.
-Quality of consultants or conservation professionals, craftsmen, etc.
-Realistic budget and timetable for project.
-Administrative capacity to plan, implement and complete the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179334

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests may be made for $2,000 - $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects may occur between July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

New Hampshire municipalities and towns, county agencies, state agencies (other than the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and its Divisions), federal agencies, or nonprofit organizations that:
-Have submitted all required reports on past State Arts Council grants.
-Are in “Good Standing” with the State Arts Council and the NH Attorney General’s Office.

This grant does not support:
-Engineering studies or reports. Note: NH Land and Community Investment Program (LCHIP) has grants for these types of reports.
-Projects that are receiving other Conservation License Plate grant funds.
-Projects that are receiving other State Arts Council grant funds.
-More than one application per applicant during the grant period (July 1 - June 30).

Pre-proposal Conference:

Each year, the NH State Council on the Arts offers grant information workshops. These sessions are designed for both new and former applicants.

It is strongly recommended that you attend a workshop for more information on the grant program and online system.

NHSCA staff will present an overview of the State Arts Council's programs and the latest information on grants, including changes to the State Arts Council's grant guidelines and the services offered by the NH State Council on the Arts.

Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

Grant Information Workshops:

-Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 1:00 - 2:00 PM, Rochester Performance and Arts Center, 32 North Main Street, Rochester

-Thursday, February 22, 2018, 1:00 - 2:00 PM, The Currier Museum, 150 Ash Street, Manchester - FULL, wait listing

-Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 12:30 - 1:30 PM, North Conway Music Center, 1976 White Mountain Highway, North Conway

-Thursday, March 1, 2018, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, The Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport

More information and registrations may be found here:

Pre-Application Information:

The Conservation License Plate Grant program begins with a Letter of Intent. The Letter of Intent is a mandatory first step to determine an applicant’s eligibility and whether the proposed project will meet the grant program guidelines. The Letter of Intent must be postmarked or emailed no later than April 27, 2018 in order for the applicant to be eligible to submit a full grant application.

The Grant Coordinator will contact the applicant within one week of receipt of the Letter of Intent and confirm if the project is eligible. The Letter of Intent does not replace the full grant application nor guarantee funding.

Applications must be completed online by 11:59 PM on June 15, 2018.

No formal announcement regarding a funding decision and/or grant amount will be sent to any applicant until after the beginning of the fiscal year (July 1). This notification may take up to 10 weeks after the application deadline.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

For questions about the online application system at Submittable, please contact:

Ginnie Lupi, Director

For questions about the program, contact:

Kayla Schweitzer, Grant Coordinator
(603) 271-0795

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Hampshire