For Immediate Release
Posted: February 27, 2023


Shelly Angers, NH Department of Natural & Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136 |

Funds available for cultural conservation projects as DNCR opens FY2023 ‘Moose Plate’ grant round

The N.H. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is now accepting letters of intent from organizations seeking “Moose Plate” funding through the department’s three grant programs that support the restoration, preservation and / or conservation of publicly owned items significant to New Hampshire’s cultural heritage.

DNCR’s Cultural Conservation grant programs are administered by its State Library, Historical Resources and Arts Council divisions. While each division’s grant program has specific requirements, all require that the property or items to be conserved or preserved are publicly owned. 

Organizations seeking Moose Plate grant funding must submit a letter of intent by May 5 that provides a brief description of the project and confirms that the resource is publicly owned. Applicants will be notified if their project fits a DNCR division’s program criteria within five days of their letter of intent being received. They may then choose to submit a full application by June 23. 

Applicants may only apply to one DNCR Moose Plate grant program in a given year but may seek funding in successive years.

More information about each division’s specific grant program requirements is available at 

Each year, the DNCR receives a percentage of funds raised from the sales of Conservation and Heritage License Plates, best known as “Moose Plates.” In addition to its three cultural conservation grant programs, the DNCR also uses funds to support its Division of Forests and Lands’ Natural Heritage Bureau and its Division of Parks and Recreation’s Historic Sites Bureau.

For more information about the Moose Plate Program, including how to purchase a Moose Plate, visit

The N.H. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ five divisions are dedicated to protecting, promoting and managing a wide variety of New Hampshire's natural, recreational and cultural resources. Together, these resources help define our state and are major drivers of our economy and high quality of life. For more information, visit