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"Moose Plate" Grants deadline fast approaching

Organizations interested in applying for Conservation License Plate Grants awarded through the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources must submit all application materials by Friday, March 27, 2009.

Three of the Department of Cultural Resources’ divisions—the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the New Hampshire State Library—award Conservation License Plate Grants, which are often called “Moose Plate” Grants. While each division has specific requirements for its grant program, 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 and may or may not require matching funds, including in-kind contributions. In 2008, some of the funded projects included repairing broken historic stained glass windows, conserving painted curtains from community theatres and preserving and digitizing town records.

More information about each division’s specific grant program is available at

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 Conservation License Plate Program, including information about the grant programs, visit




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