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NEWS & EVENTS
Society Receives Award from LCHIP
The New Hampshire Historical Society recently received the welcome news of a $200,000 grant from LCHIP (the state's Land and Community Heritage Investment Program) toward planned upgrades to the energy systems of the Society's 1911 headquarters building. These plans call for improving the energy efficiency of the building's roof and skylight systems and updating its 100-year-old heating system, which is at the end of its useful life. These changes, which will be invisible to the eye and respectful of the building's historic fabric, will help to protect the collections housed here. They will also result in annual fuel cost savings of 50% and a 75% reduction of our carbon footprint!
Restoring the Belmont Bandstand
The town of Belmont received a $15,000 grant received from the state's Land and Community Heritage Investment Project (LCHIP). The restoration effort has cost the town $60,000, Frawley said. About $20,000 of that came from town funds, and the rest has come through grants, such as the recent LCHIP grant.
Open Space Institute Opens Grant Round
The Open Space Institute is pleased to announce the second round of Capital Grants for land protection through the Resilient Landscapes Initiative. Eligible organizations are encouraged to submit proposals by March 18, 2014. The Initiative, launched with a $6 million lead grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, allows land trusts and public agencies to safeguard places most likely to support plant and animal diversity in the face of a changing climate.
Twigg Property Conservation Project is Completed
The three-year conservation project came to a successful close on December 23rd.
LCHIP Grants Help Fund Local Preservation
Thirty-nine different historic preservation and conservation initiatives from across the state were given grants this year, with the total amount of funding coming in at about $3 million.
LCHIP in the Spotlight
The Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, better known as LCHIP, has just dispensed a new round of grants across the state to help preserve historic structures and to assist with land conservation.
Pawtuckaway to Great Bay Project awarded $400,000
The Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire is pleased to announce that LCHIP awarded the “Pawtuckaway to Great Bay” Project $400,000, the largest grant awarded in this grant round! With 75 applications requesting more than $7.0 million in funds this was a very competitive grant round for LCHIP.
NH Division of Historical Resources Seeks Proposals
The N.H. Division of Historical Resources is seeking proposals, through a formal RFP process, to prepare a National Register of Historic Places nomination for downtown Portsmouth, N.H.
Middleton, Barrington and Milton projects get LCHIP funding
The Board of Directors of the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, on Jan. 6 announced the recipients of the latest LCHIP grant awards. Among the 39 projects around the state, receiving, between them, over $3.5 million, were two in Milton, one in Barrington and one in Middleton, as well as several in Portsmouth.
Five Portsmouth Projects awarded $215,000
Several local projects are getting an extra boost in funding after being named as recipients of grant awards from the Board of Directors of the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program. Five of the 39 projects that received the grant funding are located in Portsmouth, making the city the top recipient for LCHIP funds from 2013.
USDA to Host Workshops
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be hosting two workshops in January aimed at helping rural New Hampshire municipalities and non‐profit organizations access more than $18 million in government loans through its Community Facilities Program.
Grafton Historical Society Receives $42,000 LCHIP Grant
Grafton received its first ever grant from New Hampshire’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program. The $42,000 LCHIP grant will allow for critical restoration efforts at the East Grafton Union Church, namely repairs to the building’s undercarriage, foundation, and main floor.
Grant Recipient Project Summaries by Region
This document contains a one-page project summary (including brief description, picture or map and basic information) for each of the grant recipients, listed by town within regions. (NOTE: This may take a minute to appear on your screen)
LCHIP funds 39 Projects
Nearly 40 historic preservation and natural conservation projects received funding yesterday from the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program.
LCHIP Grant Recipients Announced
The Board of Directors of the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program is proud to announce the recipients of grant awards! The thirty-nine projects represent twenty-eight historic resources and eleven land conservation projects. Locations range from Pittsburg in the north to Winchester in the southwest and Star Island in the southeast. The smallest grant award is for $5,750 to the 1820 Lane Tavern in Sanbornton. The largest is for $400,000 to the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire toward permanent conservation of 462 acres in Epping.
USDA Rural Development Accepting Funding Applications
Castle in the Clouds Ribbon Cutting
Dijit Taylor, Executive Director of LCHIP, joined other donors and the public in celebrating the grand re-opening of the main entry portico at the Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough. The $250,000 restoration of the portico was supported by LCHIP with a $20,000 matching grant. To date, the Castle Preservation Society has spent $2 million towards the restoration of the 1914 Craftsman style mansion built by Thomas Plant known as Lucknow.
Saving Special Places - 2014
LCHIP Newsletter - October 2013
Legislatures Did Right by LCHIP
New State Budget a Windfall for LCHIP
For the next two years, LCHIP will be fully funded at $8.45 million for the biennium. Gov. Maggie Hassan proposed restoring some of that funding, the Republican-controlled Senate added the rest back and the Democratic-controlled House agreed to keep that funding in the final, compromise state budget. The new biennium began July 1.
Leadership Greater Concord Selects LCHIP's Amy Dixon
The Leadership Greater Concord Steering Committee, led by incoming chair, Kim Pecora of Nathan Wechsler & Company, PA, is pleased to announce the selection of the Leadership Greater Concord Class of 2014. Leadership Greater Concord is a program sponsored by the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce and designed to foster civic awareness in the community.
Preserving LCHIP funding a Group Effort
On the eve of last November's elections, we wrote in these pages that we hoped the next governor and Legislature would restore funding to the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP). It seemed a tall order at the time. The conservation program's supposedly "dedicated" source of revenue — a $25 fee paid when recording certain real estate transactions — had been raided repeatedly by state budget writers to pay for general government. Yet today we can report that thanks to a truly bipartisan effort, the bait-and-switch on New Hampshire taxpayers has finally come to an end.
NH at #3 on Locavore Index
New Hampshire came in a surprisingly strong No. 3 among all states on the 2013 Locavore Index, sponsored by a local-agriculture group in Vermont with the funky name Strolling of the Heifers. “Locavore” is a term for people who prefer food from local sources.
Sarah Thorne Award
The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests has honored Charlie Bridges of New Durham with the 2013 Sarah Thorne Conservation Award for his effectiveness in helping to conserve hundreds of thousands of acres of land in New Hampshire.
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