2023 Grant Recipients

Effingham Library Credit Chuck Fuller 1Concord, NH:    Governor Sununu joined the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) today in announcing $3.7 million in matching grants to support twenty-five land conservation and historic preservation projects across the state. The grants will support efforts to rehabilitate 12 historic buildings and permanently conserve more than 4300 acres of farm, timber, and ecologically significant land in all ten counties of the state.

Governor Chris Sununu applauded the program noting that LCHIP makes efficient use of a variety of funding sources to maximize community impact across the Granite State. “What’s great about LCHIP,” Governor Sununu commented, “is that these are community driven projects, with local people tackling supply chain issues and other challenges to get the job done.” The Governor added “This is just a great program, and while the ARPA funds might go away, LCHIP is here to stay – it’s a program that just keeps getting better.”

LCHIP grant recipients must match each dollar contributed by LCHIP with at least one added dollar and complete the funded projects according to the program’s rigorous standards. in grant awards will be matched by more than $9.3 million contributed by other public and private sources, infusing $13 million into the state’s economy through direct project activity.

48 proposals sought more than $7.3 million in funding from the program which had only $3.7 million in available funding. As a result, the program was forced to turn down 23 of the 48 proposals received. Some of these will be unable to move forward without LCHIP’s support, leading to a possible loss of farm and recreational lands, and the very real possibility of permanent damage to historically significant buildings.

“Our historic buildings and the landscapes that surround them connect us to our communities and provide us with a sense of place,” shared LCHIP Executive Director Paula Bellemore. “The historic buildings that LCHIP grants help rehabilitate are not just bricks and mortar, and the lands conserved are more than geology and topography. Our surroundings, both built and natural, connect us with who we are and what we value. Building and strengthening that connection is a big part of what we do every day at LCHIP – because those connections are a big part of what makes NH special.”

“The LCHIP Board of Directors is deeply appreciative of NH’s state legislators for their support of the program,” remarked LCHIP Board chair Ben Wilcox, President and General Manager of Cranmore Mountain Resort. “Rising land conservation and historic preservation costs have resulted in a 50% increase in the average LCHIP grant request in the past five years. This fact has made it more difficult for our Board to award sufficient funds to grant applicants.”

Wilcox concluded, “It is satisfying to see our state communities working to preserve our natural, historic, and cultural heritage. In the years ahead, we will need to continue to find ways to enhance our funding to meet the needs our communities.”

The complete list of 2023 Grant Recipients.

The complete list of 2022 Grant Recipients.

The complete list of 2021 Grant Recipients.

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