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ARTS Conservation License Plate Grant

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

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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

LOI Date:

05/07/21

Deadline Date:

06/25/21 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $20,000 to New Hampshire nonprofit organizations and government agencies to preserve local art, historic, and cultural works. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to improve public access to important works of art that contribute to the State's cultural heritage.

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 historic cultural facilities that serve as sites for arts programming, projects that improve public access to significant artwork or arts documents, and projects that make historic cultural facilities and the arts programming that takes place in them, more accessible to the public. 

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 paintings, photographs, theater curtains, and sculptures. 
  • Projects that maintain or conserve artistic elements of publicly owned historic cultural facilities including historic murals, stenciling, stained glass windows, light fixtures, weathervanes, ornamental plasterwork, wood paneling, moldings & 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 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.).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179334

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

The grant period for ARTS Conservation License Plate Grants is July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022. An extension of up to three months may be requested.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

New Hampshire municipalities and towns, county agencies, state agencies (other than the State Library, Division of Historical Resources and the State Arts Council), 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 allot for future conservation or preservation work
- 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-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Deadline to submit a letter of Intent to Apply: May 7, 2021
- Deadline to submit full grant application: June 25, 2021

Applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent to Apply on letterhead to the grant coordinator (by email or hard copy) prior to completing a full grant application. The Letter of Intent to Apply must be received no later than May 7, 2021 in order for the applicant to be eligible to submit a full grant application. This is a preliminary requirement to ensure the proposed project meets the grant guidelines and has been submitted to the correct Division within the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The Grant Coordinator will contact the applicant within one week of receipt of the Letter of Intent to Apply and confirm if the project is eligible. The Letter of Intent to Apply does not replace the full grant application nor guarantee funding.

Drafts of narrative questions and budgets may be reviewed if submitted by email at least two weeks in advance of the application deadline. First time applicants are especially encouraged to submit drafts. When emailing a draft, please clearly indicate Draft for Review in bold type on the submission. The Arts Council is now using an online application system, Submittable. The online system cannot be used to submit drafts as outlined above.

Notification of Award:
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). At that time applicants will receive official notification of the determination, as well as panel comments. Whether or not a grant is awarded, these comments should help in the development of future applications. This notification may take up to 10 weeks or longer after the application deadline.

No match is required.

For Facility Applicants Only
Determination of Eligibility for the National or State Register of Historic Places The authorizing legislation for Conservation License Plates, NH RSA 261:97-c, I(a), requires any publicly owned buildings and receiving Conservation License Plate funds to determine the facility eligible for the State or National Registers of Historic Places. In order to receive funding, the property must be determined eligible. Applicants must contact Megan Rupnik at the Division of Historical Resources for more information about the Determination of Eligibility process. Please consult the Determination of Eligibility Committee meeting schedule and deadlines. Typically, the applicant will receive a determination of eligibility 4-6 weeks after the Division of Historical Resources receives the completed forms. Arts Division Conservation License Plate Grants for facility projects will not be paid until the Determination of Eligibility process is complete by the Division of Historical Resources.

All facility applicants must contact Brandee Loughlin at the Division for Historical Resources about the best way to submit any plans for cultural facility projects. Review of plans for compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation is required prior to application submission. Typically, the Division of Historical Resources will respond to applicants’ project plans no later than two weeks after the plans are submitted. Please include in your application copies of any correspondence with the Division of Historical Resources.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:
https://nharts.submittable.com/submit/190339/fy2022-arts-conservation-license-plate-mooseplate-grants

Heritage & Traditional Arts Coordinator: Kayla Schweitzer
kayla.schweitzer@dncr.nh.gov
(603) 271-0795

Megan Rupnik
Megan.R.Rupnik@dncr.nh.gov

Brandee Loughlin
Brandee.R.Loughlin@dncr.nh.gov

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