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Thirty-nine projects receive $3.4 million in LCHIP funding for 2014

New Hampshire’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program this morning announced more than $3.4 million in grant funding for 39 projects conserving land and preserving historic resources around the state.

The grants, along with more than $11 million in matching funds, will finance projects in communities from Pittsburg in the north to Winchester in the southwest and Star Island in the Isles of Shoals, were announced today.

Two projects in Concord received funding: Stickney Hill Farm, a 19-acre property just south of Interstate 89, and the Tuck Library of the New Hampshire Historical Society.

The 1913 Boscawen Library, the Belmont Bandstand, the Bow Bog Meetinghouse, the Belknap Mill in Laconia, and Canterbury Shaker Village also received grants this year.

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests also received funding to purchase 950 noncontiguous acres on and around Mount Major.

This is the first year in a decade when the LCHIP program has been fully funded.

LCHIP was created by the state in 2000, and designed to be funded by the sale of conservation license plates (the so-called Moose Plates), which helps cover the program’s administrative costs, while $25 fees charged on four types of filings at county deeds offices provide funding for the grants.

For many years, however, state lawmakers have diverted some or most of the fee revenue to fill holes in other parts of the state budget.

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