The New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) is an independent state authority that makes matching grants to NH communities and non-profits to conserve and preserve New Hampshire's most important natural, cultural and historic resources. Through this investment Program every $1 in resources brings back more than seven times local, private, federal funds, and helps to secure NH's greatest business advantage: The quality of life and traditional values of our state.
LCHIP works in partnership with New Hampshire municipalities and non-profits to acquire land and cultural resources, or interests therein, with local, regional and statewide significance. The legislatively mandated mission of the program is to ensure the perpetual contribution of these resources to the economy, environment and quality of life in New Hampshire.
What We've Accomplished
Total Funds Invested: $37 Million
Total Investment (Grants Made) Since 2000: 315
Total NH Communities Impacted Since 2000: 151
Total Acres Conserved: Over 268,000
Total Historic Structures Preserved/Revitalized: 180
Every $1 Invested by LCHIP Leverages Another: $7.91
How We Are Funded
Since 2008, LCHIP grants have been supported by small fees charged on four types of documents that are recorded at the ten County Registry Offices across the state. These modest $25 fees generate about $4,000,000 per year. Money for LCHIP grants is held in a Trust Fund at the New Hampshire Department of Treasury.
For fiscal years 2014-2015 (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2015) the state budget allocates the entire income from the Registry Fees to LCHIP. This is estimated to be $4.1 million in FY '14 and almost $4.3 million in FY '15.
For fiscal years 2012-2013 (July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2013), income from the registry fees was allocated to the general fund, with a modest amount to LCHIP for administrative costs. No funding for grants was provided.
The funding of LCHIP's administrative budget
LCHIP receives about $6 from the sale of each conservation license plate (Moose Plate), which provides about two-thirds of the Program's annual administrative costs. The remainder of the administrative income comes from interest on the LCHIP Trust Fund and other bank accounts and an administrative fee assessed to each grant that is awarded. LCHIP maintains an office and employs four staff members.
As part of its enabling legislation (RSA 227-M), LCHIP is required to submit an annual report to the Governor and Executive Council as well as an annual report to the Conservation License Plate committee. The Program is also subject to an annual independent audit.
To learn more, call the LCHIP Office at 603-224-4113.