New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP)updated: September 2010


The New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) is an independent state authority that makes matching grants to NH communities and non-profits to conserve and preserve New Hampshire’s most important natural, cultural and historic resources. Through this investment Program every $1 in resources brings back more than five times local, private, federal funds, and helps to secure NH’s greatest business advantage: The quality of life and traditional values of our state.

Am I Eligible to Apply

Are you a Municipality or other political subdivision of the state of New Hampshire? Yes, you are eligible to apply

Are you a Publicly-supported nonprofit corporation exempt from federal income taxation under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code? Yes, you are eligible to apply

If you represent other interested parties, you may still partner or work with an eligible organization or government entity but may not apply directly to the program.

What Types of Projects Can I Apply For

Eligible applicants may apply for grant funds for the protection of the following natural resources (as listed in statute):

  1. ecologically significant lands;
  2. existing and potential public water supply lands;
  3. farmland;
  4. forestland;
  5. habitat for rare species or important wildlife;
  6. lands for recreation;
  7. riverine, lake, estuarine, and ocean shorelands;
  8. scenic areas and viewsheds; and wetlands and associated uplands.

What Aspect of the Project could LCHIP Fund?

  1. Acquisition of real property in fee simple;
  2. Acquisition of easement interests in real property;
  3. Surveys, appraisals, title work, and other legal or ancillary work necessary to carry out acquisitions that can demonstrate linkage to the permanent protection of eligible resources;
  4. Resource inventories and planning that can demonstrate linkage to the permanent protection of eligible resources;
  5. Other professional services that can demonstrate linkage to the permanent protection of eligible resources and limited to:
    (a) in-house or contracted services for the purposes of project application development to LCHIP;
    (b) feasibility studies;
    (c) environmental reviews;
    (d) archaeological reviews;
    (e) engineering studies;
    (f) condition assessments;
    (g) baseline documentation

How do I Apply

The only way to apply for funding is to complete an Land and Community Heritage (LCH) Register form and put your project on the LCH Register. Submissions are accepted at any time.

FAQs

What is available for funding?

How can a municipality/non-profit apply for funding?

Who picks the projects for funding?

Where are the funds invested and who gets grants?

How long does it take to complete an average project?

How does the Heritage Investment Program pay for its administration?

What is the most direct economic benefit to the State?

How much funding is really needed to have an effective Program?

Why can't the funding come from nonprofits and communities?

Why is this Program a priority at a time of economic challenges?

How Can I Learn More?


Contact New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP)


Contact New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP)

Aaron Ferraro
Natural Resource Specialist
13 West Street
Suite 3
Concord, New Hampshire  03301
Phone: 603-224-4113
Fax: 603-224-5112


 

Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • New Hampshire

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