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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 31, 2007

State Library /Janet Eklund /603.271.2393 /jeklund@library.state.nh.us
Historical Resources / Deborah Gagne / 603.271.3558 / deborah.gagne@dcr.nh.gov
Arts Council / Yvonne Stahr / 603.271.0791 / ystahr@nharts.state.nh.us

2007 Conservation Grants now available through the
New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources

(Concord, NH) The New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources is pleased to announce the launch of this year’s “Moose Plate” Grants application period. The grants are administered through three Divisions within the Department: The State Library, Division of Historical Resources, and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

In 1998, The New Hampshire General Court passed the Conservation License Plate or “Moose Plate” initiative as a way to supplement existing state conservation and preservation programs with funding through voluntary public purchases of the plates. The Conservation License Plate supports the protection of critical resources in New Hampshire, from scenic lands to historic sites to wildlife. Revenues from the sale of the plate are distributed through five state agencies. The Department of Cultural Resources distributes a portion of its share of these funds through its three divisions (Arts, Library, and Historical Resources) as cultural conservation grants.

The grants are available to non-profit or public institutions for the preservation and conservation of publicly owned cultural resources. Grants are awarded for activities that will enhance access to resources and safeguard rare or endangered treasures.

Van McLeod, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Resources said, “We’re very proud to be a part of the Moose Plate Grant Program. The Divisions are now all on the same funding cycle, which makes the entire process more streamlined, accessible and collaborative. We expect to have a record number of applications and Grants awarded this year.”

Applications are due on March 30th, 2007 and the Grants will be awarded in June 2007. More information can be found at www.nh.gov/nhculture, or you may contact the Divisions directly – at the State Library (www.nh.gov/nhsl/moose), Janet Eklund can be reached at 603.271.2393 or  jeklund@library.state.nh.us; at Historical Resources (www.nh.gov/nhdhr/moose.html), Jim McConaha can be reached at 603.271.3483 or james.mcconaha@dcr.nh.gov and at the Arts Council (www.nh.gov/nharts/grants/culturalconservation.htm), Yvonne Stahr can be reached at 603.271.0791 or ystahr@nharts.state.nh.us.

Be sure to continue buying, giving and renewing Moose Plates so that there will be sufficient funds for future worthwhile projects in New Hampshire. For more information on Moose Plates, please visit www.mooseplate.com.

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