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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 8, 2014

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

Grants available to assist NH historic property owners with Superstorm Sandy recovery

The N.H. Division of Historical Resources has announced a new grant program to repair historical properties that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 and to help property owners and communities plan for future disasters.

“Historical resources are irreplaceable, and they are vulnerable during a natural disaster,” said Elizabeth Muzzey, the State Historic Preservation Officer. “This funding provides our first opportunity to investigate how they can be made more resilient in a hurricane or flood.”

In a first grant round, funds will support projects that repair damage caused by the storm. Examples of eligible projects include building repairs, landscape feature restoration and dam stabilization. In very limited cases, reimbursement for repairs already completed may be awarded.

Properties receiving funds must be listed to or eligible for listing to the National Register of Historic Places. Repair work must be carried out according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Applications for the first grant round are available at the NHDHR’s website, www.nh.gov/nhdhr and are due December 10, 2014.

Funding for the NHDHR's Superstorm Sandy grant program is made available under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013. The Federal Emergency Management Agency determined that six of New Hampshire’s ten counties – Belknap, Carroll, Coös, Grafton, Rockingham and Sullivan – are eligible for this disaster funding.

Only historic properties in those six counties are eligible for the NHDHR grants. No matching funds are required, however, they are encouraged.

A second grant round will also fund repairs of damage caused by Superstorm Sandy, as well as other initiatives that will better prepare historical properties for future disasters, including community and property specific disaster planning, updated historical surveys, National Register nominations, archaeological site stabilization, and educational programming and training. The round is anticipated to open in Spring 2015.

New Hampshire’s Division of Historical Resources, the “State Historic Preservation Office,” was established in 1974. The historical, archaeological, architectural and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among its most important environmental assets. Historic preservation promotes the use, understanding and conservation of such resources for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of New Hampshire’s citizens. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/nhdhr or call 603-271-3483.

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