Land and Community Heritage Investment Program
Funds from the Moose Plate program support LCHIP’s administrative costs, including staffing and office expenses. LCHIP provides matching grants (from a different source) to help municipalities and nonprofits protect the state’s most important natural, historical and cultural resources.
As of 2016, LCHIP has awarded 385 grants totaling more than $42 million benefiting 162 different communities around the state. More than 283,000 acres of important land have been conserved forever and 232 grants have helped to preserve historic structures and sites.
- Restoration of mosaic tile, masonry repairs, window restoration and plaster work was completed for the Wilton Public – Gregg Free Library.
- Webster Farm in Franklin was saved from subdivision and development. More than 120 acres of productive farmland was conserved by the Society for the Protection of NH Forests. The campus buildings – some from the Webster era and others from the founding of an orphanage and later a convent – are protected with a preservation easement held by the NH Preservation Alliance.
- The Society for the Protection of NH Forests used a matching grant from LCHIP to purchase and conserve 1,025 acres adjacent to Mt. Kearsarge State Forest to ensure recreational opportunities and access to the summit of Mt. Kearsarge in perpetuity.