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

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Deadline Date:

06/14/19 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 must submit a Letter of Intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to preserve cultural 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.

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.
-Projects that maintain or conserve artistic elements of publicly owned cultural facilities including historic murals, stenciling, stained glass windows, light fixtures, weather vanes, ornamental plasterwork, 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.
-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.

The following criteria are used by reviewers to rank applications for this grant category:
- Artistic and Historical Significance of Conservation Project
- Public Benefit and Access
- Quality of Project.

For more information about review criteria, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179334

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

Projects occurring between July 1, 2019- June 30, 2020.

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).

The authorizing legislation for Conservation License Plates requires any publicly owned buildings over 50 years old and receiving Conservation License Plate funds to determine facility eligibility for the State or National Registers of Historic Places. For additional requirements and instructions:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant workshops were held in February and early March. To see the FY20 Grant Workshop PowerPoint Presentation Slides, go to Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-Application Information:

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 must be postmarked or emailed no later than May 3, 2019 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.

The deadline to submit a full grant application is June 14, 2019.

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.

Notification may take up to 10 weeks after the application deadline.

Arts Conservation Grant Tutorial (video):

Budget Form Instructional Video:

Contact Information:

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

Email the LOI to:
Kayla Schweitzer, Heritage and Traditional Arts Coordinator

Or mail to:

New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
19 Pillsbury Street, 1st Floor
Concord, NH 03301

Apply Online:

General Phone: (603) 271-2789
TTY/TDD: 1-800-735-2964
Fax: (603) 271-3584

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

Submittable Technical Support
855-467-8264, ext 2

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Hampshire