LCHIP webinar

LCHIP provides grants for helping to maintain our treasured landmarks and historic buildings. An informational webinar will be held on April 18. Thanks to all the dedicated volunteers who maintain the treasures of New Hampshire. ~ Steve


In April we welcomed Cassie Bernyk to the LCHIP team as our Operations Coordinator.   Cassie, whose friendly voice will be answering phones at LCHIP, is tasked with keeping the entire LCHIP operation running smoothly and efficiently – quite a job!  Welcome, Cassie!

April kicks off the official start of LCHIP’s annual grant cycle. On April 18th we’ll host our webinar for new (or repeat) grant applicants – providing an overview of our grant programs, and an introduction to LCHIP’s grant management system. To register (required) contact Cassie Bernyk at or 603-224-4113. 

Those planning to seek LCHIP funding in 2022 should also note that Letters of Intent are due May 18th.  Organizations invited to apply will be required to submit full proposals by June 22, with funding decisions announced in mid-November. More information on LCHIP’s 2022 grants can be found here


Paula Bellemore

Executive Director


Since 2001, LCHIP has proudly awarded $54 million dollars to 364 organizations in 179 communities across New Hampshire to conserve and preserve New Hampshire’s most important natural, cultural and historic resources. In 2022, LCHIP will be accepting applications from eligible applicants for natural resource acquisition, historic rehabilitation, and historic preservation planning grants.

Preservation Planning Grants
To support the study of eligible historic resources.

Historic Rehabilitation Grants
To support the restoration or rehabilitation of eligible historic resources.

Natural Resource Acquisition Grants
To support the permanent protection of ecologically significant lands.


 Grant Round Opens May 1, 2022
 Letter of Intent Due May 18, 2022
 Applications Due June 22, 2022
 Funding Decisions Mid-November 2022


An organization applying for LCHIP funding must be either a municipality or other political subdivision of the state of New Hampshire, or be 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 through LCHIP.

New in 2022! A representative from the applicant organization must attend a 2022 LCHIP Grant Orientation Workshop prior to submitting a proposal. Workshops will be delivered via Zoom webinar, and are recorded and available for viewing at your convenience. 

Webinar: Monday, April 18, 2022 at 10am.  Please email Cassie to RSVP:

Program-specific eligibility requirements are described in the following guidance documents:


New in 2022! Letters of Intent and Proposals must be submitted through LCHIP’s grant portal. Access to the grant portal will be available by May 1, 2022.

Prospective applicants must submit a Letter of Intent through LCHIP’s online grant management portal describing the project for which they intend to seek LCHIP funding. LCHIP staff will review the information provided for compliance with LCHIP’s eligibility criteria. All eligible projects will then be invited to submit a complete proposal.

The proposal includes the application and several required attachments which are submitted through LCHIP’s online grant management portal. Detailed instructions on how to complete the application and additional guidance materials are provided within the portal.

A Review Panel comprised of experts in various elements of natural- and historic-resource conservation will review all proposals and conduct site visits to project sites in order to gain a better understanding of each project. The Review Panels provide recommendations to the Board of Directors, which is responsible for making the final funding decisions.

Each organization receiving an LCHIP award is required to enter into a Project Agreement with LCHIP. The Project Agreement summarizes the obligations of the Grant Recipient and LCHIP, and outlines the project’s scope, structure and purpose as understood by LCHIP. To accept an LCHIP Award, an authorized representative of the recipient organization must sign and return the Project Agreement by the established deadline.

If a proposal is not funded, a representative of the applicant organization will be invited to meet with LCHIP staff to discuss the project and proposal. The goal of these meetings is to assist applicants to identify ways in which the project or proposal could be strengthened in the future. There is no prohibition against resubmitting an improved proposal for the project in future LCHIP grant rounds.

About Rep. Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his 7th term. Rep. Smith currently represents Charlestown, Newport, and Unity. Rep. Smith is the Deputy Speaker of the NH House.
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