Thirty-five projects for land conservation and historic preservation have been awarded grants by the state’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program. LCHIP was created by the legislature in 2000 to provide matching grants for conservation and preservation projects across New Hampshire.
This year, a total of 3.5 million dollars went to fund projects that range from the conservation of Nashua’s last working farm to the restoration of Laconia’s Colonial Theatre.
Governor Maggie Hassan addressed the recipients, touting her support of state funding for the program.
“I’m very proud to have supported LCHIP during my time as governor," said Hassan. "We were able to restore funding, as you all know, in 2013 and then we’ve been able to maintain that commitment in our bipartisan budgets since then.”
State money appropriated for LCHIP grants had been diverted to other state programs in previous years.