How much funding is available?
Because LCHIP grant funds are generated by a fee on documents recorded at registries of deeds all around the state, the amount available in any given year rises and falls with the real estate market. The funding for grants has been quite varied since the inception of the program in 2000, but in recent years has ranged from $3,500,000 to $5,000,000.
Who can apply for LCHIP funding?
Towns, cities and counties (political subdivisions of the state) and qualified not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding from LCHIP. Historical resources seeking funding for rehabilitation grants must be owned by a qualified entity.
Who decides which projects get funded?
Grant applications are reviewed by the LCHIP staff and professional Review Panels. The LCHIP Board of Directors makes the final decisions on all grant funding. The 18-member Board of Directors includes eight members of the public appointed by the Governor and Council, two state Senators, two state Representatives, and the heads or designees of the six relevant state agencies: Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food; Department of Business and Economic Affairs; Department of Environmental Services; Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ Division of Forests and Lands and Division of Historical Resources and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
What criteria does LCHIP use in determining which projects get funded?
LCHIP grants are awarded to land conservation and historic preservation projects in large and small communities all over the state. LCHIP's enabling legislation (RSA 227-M) establishes criteria that guide the LCHIP Board of Directors in making grant award decisions.
When can recipients start working on a funded project, and what is the deadline for completion?
Funding for natural resource acquisition projects is available three months following grant award, and are allowed eighteen months from grant award to complete the project. Historic rehabilitation and preservation planning projects may not begin work until at least two months after grant award, and are allowed twenty-four months to complete the project.