NH conservation plate grant round opens

The Department of Cultural Resources’ three conservation license plate grant programs are accepting letters of intent to apply for the 2015 grant round.

Cultural Resources’ “Moose Plate” grants support the restoration, preservation and/or conservation of publicly owned items significant to New Hampshire’s cultural heritage.

This year, for the first time, applicants are required to submit a letter of intent in advance of completing their application, providing a description 250 words or fewer of the project and acknowledging that the resource seeking funding is publicly owned.

Letters of intent are due Friday, March 13; complete applications are due Friday, April 24.

Cultural Resources receives a percentage of funds raised from the sales of conservation license plates each year and sends it back into communities through grant programs facilitated by the department’s three divisions: Historical Resources, the state Council on the Arts and the State Library. Each division’s program has specific requirements, and applicants may only apply to one grant program in a given year.

Last year, projects receiving grant funding included microfilming WPA New Hampshire Writers Project papers, restoring the access ramp at the Milton Free Public Library and restoring the windows at the Meriden Town Hall.

For more information about each division’s grant program, visit nh.gov/nhculture/grants.htm.

New Hampshire’s conservation license plates help conserve the state’s natural, historical and cultural heritage. Since 2001, the program has contributed to the ongoing success of more than 150 projects around New Hampshire.

For more information about the moose plate program, including how to buy a moose plate, visit moose

New Hampshire’s Department of Cultural Resources includes the State Council on the Arts, the Film and Television Office, the Division of Historical Resources, the State Library and the Commission on Native American Affairs.

The department strives to nurture the cultural well-being of the state. From the covered bridges and traditional music of the past to the avant-garde performances and technological resources of today and tomorrow, New Hampshire’s culture is as varied as its geography and its people. This strong cultural base attracts businesses looking for engaged workforces, provides educational opportunities and creates communities worth living in.

For more information, visit nh.gov/nhculture.