CONCORD, New Hampshire — The state is now accepting application letters for "Moose Plate" grants to support the preservation of items significant to New Hampshire's cultural heritage.
The money is raised through the sale of Conservation License Plates, which feature a bull moose. The sale of the plates helps conserve the state's natural, historical and cultural heritage.
The first step in the process is to submit a letter of intent to apply, providing a brief description of the project and acknowledging that the resource seeking funding is publicly owned. Letters of intent are due Feb. 26; complete applications are due April 25, 2016.
Grants of up to $24,000 each are awarded. Hundreds of projects have received funding since the program began in 2001.
Cultural Resources receives a percentage of funds raised from the sales of Conservation License Plates each year and sends those funds directly back into communities through grant programs facilitated by the department's three divisions: the Division of Historical Resources, the State Council on the Arts and the State Library. Each division's program has specific requirements and applicants may only apply to one grant program in a given year.
Projects receiving grant funding in 2015 included conserving rare photograph print slides, microfilming 19th-century voter checklists and several window restoration projects.