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Conservation License Plate Grants - Moose Plate Grants


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The Division of Historical Resources (NHDHR) awards grants up to $10,000 for the preservation of publicly owned historic buildings and structures through the Conservation License Plate Grant Program. If you have any questions about the Division's Conservation License Plate Grant Program or have a project idea you would like to discuss please contact Amy Dixon at amy.dixon@dncr.nh.gov or call 603-271-3485. To see which NH communities have received Conservation License Plate grants in the past, open the Moose Plate Grant Map Adobe Acrobat

The 2021 Conservation License Plate Grant Round officially opens, Monday, March 1, 2021!

Please take a moment to first read the Grant Manual to understand the grant program and its requirements.

Conservation License Plate Grant Manual Adobe Acrobat


If you have a qualifying project, please submit your Letter of Intent to amy.s.dixon@dncr.nh.gov no later than Friday, May 7, 2021.

Letter of Intent Adobe Acrobat

Once you receive confirmation that you are an eligible applicant with an eligible project, please complete the full application.
Because of COVID-19, the DHR will accept grant applications and the required attachments electronically by the application deadline, Friday, June 25, 2021. Please see the instructions included in the application for more details.

Application Adobe Acrobat

Conservation License Plate “Moose Plate” Grant FAQs
2021 Grant Round
Adobe Acrobat

Archaeology Checklist for Grant Programs Adobe Acrobat

What does the NHDHR Conservation License Plate Grant fund?

  • Projects that demonstrate adherence to the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • Preservation projects for publicly owned historic buildings, bridges, cemeteries and other historically significant resources that are eligible for, or listed to, the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places or the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Conservation, stabilization, and/or preservation of significant publicly owned archaeological sites.
  • Projects that preserve historical properties owned by towns, cities, counties or by state agencies.
  • Projects that do not request more than the $10,000 grant maximum.

What is NOT eligible for NHDHR Conservation License Plate Grant funding?

  • Projects for privately owned historic resources.
  • Archaeological research.
  • Engineering studies or reports.
  • Preservation projects that do not demonstrate adherence to the Secretary of the Interior Standards.
  • Applications from any organization submitting more than one Conservation License Plate Grant application to the Division of Historical Resources for a project or projects in a single grant cycle.
  • Applications from any organization submitting Conservation License Plate Grant applications to more than one of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ divisions for the same project or projects in a single grant cycle.
  • Work that has been begun or completed, in any part, prior to Division of Historical Resources Conservation License Plate grant award approval.
  • Construction of new buildings.
  • Acquisition of collections or historic sites.
  • Conservation of collections.
  • Reconstructing historic properties (recreating all or significant portions that no longer exist).
  • Moving historic properties or work on moved historic properties that are no longer eligible for listing in the State or National Registers of Historic Places.
  • Cash reserves, endowments, revolving funds, or fund-raising costs.
  • Lobbying or advocacy activities.
  • Administrative costs.

For more information about Conservation License Plate go to www.mooseplate.com

For more information about grants for the preservation and conservation of publicly owned documents from the New Hampshire State Library go to


For more information about grants for the conservation of publicly owned artworks, artistic elements of publicly owned facilities, and improving access to historically significant artwork and arts programming from the State Council for the Arts please go to


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