Land and Community Heritage Investment Program - Historic & Natural Resource

New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP)

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Grant amount: Up to US $500,000

Next deadline: May 15, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Jun 28, 2020 9:00am PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: New Hampshire

Location of residency: New Hampshire

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Note: In response to the evolving COVID-19 crisis the“LCHIP Historic Resource Grant Orientation Workshop” scheduled for April 29, 2020 has been cancelled. The requirement to attend a workshop is waived for the 2020 grant round.

Natural Resource Applicants 

Land conservation endeavors to protect high-quality lands from development. Lands can be conserved for a variety of purposes, including:

  • water quality protection
  • wildlife habitat protection and enhancement
  • preservation of scenic views and
  • conservation of important forest and agricultural lands.

Land conservation helps to maintain the economic base of New Hampshire by ensuring the availability of an adequate long-term supply of forest products, and local food, as well as enhancing the tourism industry. Land conservation not only protects the irreplaceable physical resources of our natural environment, but also protects the vitality, quality of life, and sense of place that are so important in our communities and in our state. 

Historic Resource Applicants

Historic preservation endeavors to protect and preserve buildings, structures, districts and sites, which reflect elements of local, state or national history.

Historic preservation not only protects the irreplaceable physical resources in our built environment, but also protects the vitality, quality of life, and sense of place in our communities.

Eligible Resources for LCHIP Funding 

Eligible applicants may apply for funds for the protection, restoration or rehabilitation of the following natural, cultural, or historic resources (as listed in statute):

  • archaeological sites;
  • historic buildings and structures which house cultural events and programs;
  • historic properties including buildings and structures;
  • historic and cultural lands and features;
  • ecologically significant lands;
  • existing and potential public water supply lands;
  • farmland;
  • forestland;
  • habitat for rare species or important wildlife;
  • lands for recreation;
  • riverine, lake, estuarine, and ocean shorelands;
  • scenic areas and viewsheds; and
  • wetlands and associated uplands.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Organizations applying for LCHIP funding must be either:
    • a municipality or other political subdivision of the state of New Hampshire, or
    • a publicly supported nonprofit corporation exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c) of the Internal Revenue code.
      • Other interested parties may partner or work with an eligible organization or government entity but may not apply directly to the program.
  • Applicants must be willing to commit to and show evidence of adopting the appropriate components of the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices;
  •  To apply, you must:
    • agree to adhere to the Secretary of the Interior Standards if project is a Historic Resource Project; and 
    • have a willing property owner.
    • address the protection of all resource types present on the subject property (natural, cultural, historic) within the scope of the Project Proposal; and 
    • be prepared to submit as part of a Project Proposal, a completed Historic Building Assessment with Preservation Guidelines or Historic Structures Report for any historic resource project with a total project value of $50,000 or more (excluding planning studies or inventories), 
  • LCHIP funds may be used by eligible applicants for only the following eligible costs:
    • Acquisition of real property in fee simple;
    • Acquisition of easement interests in real property;
    • Restoration or rehabilitation of cultural or historic buildings or structures which are publicly-owned, or which are owned by a qualified publicly-supported nonprofit corporation, except for the following activities:
      • routine maintenance and/or modernization that does not require specialized historic preservation services, unless the routine maintenance and/or modernization is necessary to fulfill the recommendations of a Historic Structure Report or preservation plan for the property;
      • furnishings (modern or historic);
    • Surveys, appraisals, title work, and other legal or ancillary work necessary to carry out acquisitions that can demonstrate linkage to the permanent protection or restoration and rehabilitation of eligible resources;
    • Resource inventories and planning that can demonstrate linkage to the permanent protection or restoration and rehabilitation of eligible resources;
    • Other professional services that can demonstrate linkage to the permanent protection or restoration and rehabilitation of eligible resources and limited to:
      • in-house or contracted services for the purposes of project application development to LCHIP;
      • plans and drawings;
      • feasibility studies;
      • historic structures reports;
      • architectural renderings;
      • environmental reviews;
      • archaeological reviews;
      • engineering studies;
      • condition assessments;
      • baseline documentation; and
      • historic building assessment with preservation guidelines. 
  • The maximum grant amount will be 50% of the Total Project Value.