Conservation License Plate Grant Program - "Moose" Plate Grants

New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources

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Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Next anticipated deadline: May 3, 2020 1:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jun 14, 2020 1:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: New Hampshire

Location of residency: New Hampshire

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Moose Plate Program

The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources (NHDHR) provides grants under the Conservation License Plate Program, commonly called the “Moose Plate” program, for the conservation and preservation of significant publicly owned historic resources or artifacts that contribute to New Hampshire’s history and cultural heritage. 

The Conservation License Plate Program was initiated by the State Legislature (RSA 261:97) to provide funds to supplement existing conservation and preservation efforts that protect critical resources in New Hampshire, from scenic lands and wildlife to historic sites. The funding for the Conservation License Plate Program’s grants is derived from the sale of the “Moose Plate” license plates. Vehicle owners may voluntarily purchase the “Moose Plate” for $35.00 the first year, and then $30.00 in succeeding years (more information about the Conservation License Plate can be found here. )

A portion of the funds collected each year from the sale and renewal of the Conservation License Plates is allocated to the Department of Cultural Resources which, in turn, makes funds available to the NHDHR. The yearly funds available to the NHDHR from the Conservation License Plate Program depend on the annual revenues generated from new purchases and renewals of the “Moose Plate.”

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  • Eligible applicants for the NHDHR’s grant program include:
    • New Hampshire state agencies
    • New Hampshire county agencies
    • Local municipalities
    • Non-profit organizations [IRS Code 501(c)(3)] operating in a publically owned building
  • NOTE: all funded properties MUST be publicly owned and all projects must demonstrate adherence to the Secretary of the Interior Standards.
    • Preservation projects for publicly owned historic buildings, bridges, cemeteries and other historically significant resources that are eligible for or listed to the New HAmpshire State Register of Historic Places or the National Register of Historic Places. 
    • Conservation, stabilization, and/or preservation of significant publicly owned historic artifacts and archaeological sites.
    • Projects that preserve historical properties owned by towns, cities and counties or by state and federal agencies.
    • Projects that do not request more than the $10,000 grant maximum.
  • In any given grant year, the applicant (a town, non-profit in a publicly owned building, county, or state agency) can only apply to ONE Department of Cultural Resources Division.
  • Previous applicants or recipients may apply for additional funding or re-apply for an earlier grant proposal that was not funded.
  • Phased projects will have an equal opportunity in each grant cycle, but they will not be guaranteed future funds because an initial phase(s) received an earlier grant. 


  • These are some types of projects that ARE NOT eligible for N.H. Division of Historical Resources' Conservation License Plate Grant funding:
    • Projects for privately owned historic resources
    • Archaeological research
    • Engineering studies or reports
    • Preservation projects that do not demonstrate adherence to the Secretary of the Interior Standards
    • Applications from any organization submitting more than one Conservation License Plate Grant application to the Division of Historical Resources for a project or projects in a single grant cycle
    • Applications from any organization submitting Conservation License Plate Grant applications to more than one of the Department of Cultural Resources’ divisions for a project or projects in a single grant cycle
    • Work that has been begun or completed, in any part, prior to Division of Historical Resources Conservation License Plate grant award approval
  • Conservation License Plate grants are NOT open to:
    • for-profit organizations
    • federal government agencies
    • or private individuals