FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2019
2019 ‘Moose Plate’ grant round open for cultural heritage projects
The N.H. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is now accepting letters of intent for its 2019 Conservation License Plate Grant Programs. DNCR “Moose Plate” grants support the restoration, preservation and / or conservation of publicly owned items significant to New Hampshire’s cultural heritage.
Three of the DNCR’s divisions support grant programs through Moose Plate funding: the State Library, the State Council on the Arts and the Division of Historical Resources. Each division’s grant program has specific requirements; applicants may only apply to one grant program in a given year.
Organizations seeking funding must submit a letter of intent, which provides a brief description of the project and confirms that the resource is publicly owned, by May 3. If a project fits program criteria, a full application must be submitted by June 14.
Each year, the DNCR receives a percentage of funds raised from the sales of Moose Plates. To help preserve the state’s cultural heritage, the department designates a portion of those funds for the conservation of cultural resources in New Hampshire.
Among the 24 projects receiving more than $200,000 in DNCR grant funding for the fiscal year 2018 grant round were the conservation of a grand drape and eight double-sided ears at Newbury’s Old Town Hall, the rehabilitation of the Union Academy’s windows in Canaan, and the conservation of “Drunk and Idle,” a record of Strafford County Jail Inmates from 1909-1938.
More information about each division’s specific grant program is available at dncr.nh.gov/moose_plate.
Funds received by the DNCR also support its Division of Parks and Recreation’s Historic Sites Bureau and its Division of Forests and Lands’ Natural Heritage Bureau.
New Hampshire’s Conservation License Plates help conserve our state’s natural, historical and cultural heritage. Since 2001, the Moose Plate program has raised more than 20 million dollars that have directly contributed to the ongoing success of projects around New Hampshire. All funds raised through the purchase of Moose Plates are used for the promotion, protection and investment in New Hampshire’s natural, cultural and historic resources.
For more information about the Moose Plate Program, including how to purchase a Moose Plate, visit mooseplate.com.
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 dncr.nh.gov.