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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12, 2010

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov

2010 Moose Plate Grant round opens

New Hampshire’s Department of Cultural Resources is pleased to announce that the process to apply for grants through its Conservation License Plate grants programs—also called “Moose Plate” grants—is now open.

The Department of Cultural Resources operates separate “Moose Plate” grant programs through its three divisions: the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the New Hampshire State Library.

While the projects funded by each division have specific requirements, all focus on awarding grants to projects that involve restoration, preservation, and/or conservation of publicly owned items significant to New Hampshire’s cultural heritage. Depending on the grant program applied to, requests may be for amounts up to $20,000.

In 2009, Conservation License Plate grants funded a wide variety of projects, including stabilizing historic buildings, microfilming local newspapers from the nineteenth century and restoring a 1938 Works Progress Administration/Civilian Conservation Corps (WPA/CCC) relief map of New Hampshire.                                

The deadline for the 2010 grant round is March 31, 2010. More information about each division’s specific grant program is available at www.nh.gov/nhculture/grants.htm.

“One of the easiest ways to support New Hampshire’s natural, historical and cultural heritage is by having a Conservation License Plate on your vehicle,” said Department of Cultural Resources Commissioner Van McLeod. “It’s just as easy as having the standard ‘Old Man’ plate, but it accomplishes more.

“Some people don’t realize it, but the money raised through ‘Moose Plate’ sales goes directly to the promotion, protection and investment in New Hampshire's natural, cultural and historic resources.”

The Conservation License Plate Program began in 1998, as a way to supplement existing state conservation and preservation programs with additional funding through voluntary public purchases of the plate, which features a bull moose along with New Hampshire’s state motto, “Live Free or Die.” Funds raised are reserved for publicly owned resources whose conservation and preservation will benefit and be accessible to the public.

For more information about the Moose Plate Program, including how to purchase a Moose Plate, visit www.mooseplate.com.

New Hampshire’s Department of Cultural Resources includes the State Council on the Arts, the Film and Television Office, the Division of Historical Resources, the State Library and the American Canadian French Cultural Exchange Commission. The Department strives to nurture the cultural well-being of our state. From the covered bridges and traditional music of our past to the avant-garde performances and technological resources of today and tomorrow, New Hampshire’s culture is as varied as its geography and its people. This strong cultural base—which truly has something for everyone—attracts businesses looking for engaged workforces, provides outstanding educational opportunities and creates communities worth living in. Learn more at www.nh.gov/nhculture/.

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