Financial Resources for Community Landmarks

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New Hampshire Preservation Alliance Grants

Preservation Services Grant Program: The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance provides two types of small matching grants to assist non-profit organizations in hiring a consultant to assist with aspects of preservation planning.

  • Our new grant program (launched March 2010) provides matching funds for building assessments or re-use studies. Grants will range from $1000 - $4500, funded through a generous grant from LCHIP. Click here (PDF) for guidelines and an application.
  • Our mini-grant program is for smaller grants (up to $500) to help local organizations in the early stages of a project or at critical junctures with obtaining specialized advice from a professional. Click here (PDF) for an overview and application. Applicants are advised to schedule a visit with the Field Services Representative, Maggie Stier, before submitting an application. For questions call (603) 224-2281. Click here (PDF) to read about some past mini-grant winners.

Barn Assessment Grant Program: The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance's Historic Barn Assesment Grant Program offers matching funds for the hiring of a barn restoration professional to assess your old barn and prepare an in-depth report. The assessment can include everything from recommendations on how to stabilize the structure to long term revitalization planning; general maintenance, budgeting, general upkeep and even analyzing reuse strategies. Grants are offered competitively and limited to barns and other agricultural outbuildings within New Hampshire that are at least 50 years old, or of exceptional significance. Additional consideration is given to barns still in agricultural use. For applications click here, or for more information, email the Project Director, (please include your full mailing address), or call (603) 224-2281.

Historic Preservation Funding Resources

I. NEW HAMPSHIRE-BASED GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

New Hampshire Preservation Alliance Small Grants Program offers matching grants to assist non-profit organizations in hiring a consultant to assist many different aspects of preservation planning.  

Moose Plate Grants: The Conservation License Plate Program provides funds to supplement existing efforts to preserve New Hampshire resources, from scenic lands and wildlife to historic sites.  Grants of up to $10,000 are made available to state and county agencies, towns and cities and non-profit organizations that operate or manage publicly owned and accessible historic properties and historic or archaeological artifacts. The NH Division of Historical Resources, deb Gagne. Application deadline March 27, 2009.

NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP): provides matching grants to public entities (other than state agencies) and non-profit organizations, to help communities acquire and preserve natural, cultural and historical resources.  Current round is suspended until further notice. www.lchip.org. 224- 4113

NH Charitable Foundation and its Regional Divisions “The New Hampshire Charitable … matches community needs or problems with philanthropic resources, and turns them all into opportunities for effective social action.” Through their regional divisions, NHCF offers a cariety of grants, and lists Resources for Nonprofits on their website. www.nhcf.org or 225-6641 

The New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) provides financial and technical assistance to community development corporations, worker cooperatives, and certain municipal entities. CDFA is unable to assist for-profit businesses directly, but can work through a nonprofit partner. They fund major community development projects primarily with the Community Development Investment (Tax Credit) Program, a major source of support for affordable housing and economic development. www.nhcdfa.org (603) 226-2170.

The New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority is the state's housing advocacy agency, and has funding sources, including federal and state loans and grants, to support housing programs and projects. www.nhhfa.org

NH State Council on the Arts The Arts Council supports the efforts of arts and non-arts organizations and individual artists through a variety of grants.   They have three main grant categories: arts Organizations, individual artists, and arts partners (schools, state agencies, community nonprofits, history & farm museums, municipalities, health care providers, and nursing homes). (603) 271-2789, www.nh.gov/nharts.

, http://www.nhcdfa.org/web/erp/eef/eef_overview.html.

The New Hampshire Coastal Program offers matching grants for technical assistance, planning/management, and construction/acquisition. N.H.’s 17 coastal cities and towns, the Rockingham and Strafford Regional Planning Commissions, state agencies, and non-profit organizations are eligible. www.des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pip/categories/grants.htm

New Hampshire's Transportation Enhancement Act supports projects that preserve the historic culture of the transportation system. Project categories include: facilities, safety and education for bicyclists and pedestrians; easement acquisition for scenic or historic sites; scenic or historic highway programs (including tourist and welcome centers); rehabilitation and operation of historic transportation buildings or facilities (i.e.railroads and canals); environmental mitigation to address highway-created water pollution and establishing transportation museums.  www.nh.gov/dot/org/projectdevelopment/planning/   documents/CitizensGuide-TransportationEnhancement.pdf

 

II. NATIONAL and FEDERAL GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

National Trust for Historic Preservation provides small grants for technical studies, historic structures reports, fundraising assistance, architectural/engineering plans, and other non-construction activities. The Trust's regional office staff can explain the program requirements and the application procedures. Specific funding programs of the National Trust include Hart Family Fund for Small Towns, which assists towns with populations of fewer than 5000 people with preservation and revitalization initiatives, Johanna Favrot Grants for preservation planning, and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors. For more information, contact Brent Leggs at the Northeast Regional Office, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 7 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02109, (617) 523-0885.brent_leggs@nthp.org

Save America's Treasures
This program provides major funding for preser­vation and/or conservation work on historic districts or structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Grants require a non-Federal match of cash, donated services, or use of equipment. Applications are due February 1. Save America's Treasures Heritage Preservation Services, National Park Service 1201 "Eye" Street, NW, 6th Floor (ORG. 2255) Washington, D.C. 20005 202-513-7270,ext.6 www.saveamericastreasures.org/funding.htm

Preserve America The "Preserve America" initiative is a special program of recognition and grants developed by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (www.achp.gov/funding.html) and  First Lady Laura Bush. Awards are made once a year. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 809 Old Post Office Bldg, Washington, DC 20004 202-606-8503 www.achp.gov/preserveamerica.html 

The Community Development Block Grant program, administered by NH CDFA, provides federal funds to communities for housing, economic development, and public facilities for low- and moderate-income people. Feasibility Grants are available for project planning (including feasibility studies, surveys, and professional architectural and engineering services). Implementation grants provide substantial funding for construction and rehabilitation work. www.nhcdfa.org (603) 226-2170.

USDA Rural Development offers a variety of grant and loan programs. 2009 Rural Business Enterprise Grant Applications are now invited. Community Facilities Program funds support public safety, health care, cultural, educational and public buildings. The REAP Grant Program will provide grants for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance, and also provides funds to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/VT   NH office: 223-6045

The Small Business Administration doesn't target assistance to historic preservation projects; but some of its grants, loans, business development or business management programs may assist the property owners overall enterprise, and as a by-product also help achieve their historic preservation goals. www.sba.gov

The American Association for State & Local History has a variety of programs and services (including consultant grants) for member organizations. www.aaslh.org

The Institute of Museum & Library Services funds a broad range of museum and library projects www.imls.gov   They partner with the Heritage Preservation to offer Conservation Assessment Grants. www.heritagepreservation.org/CAP/index.html

The National Endowment for the Arts promotes excellence in design fields and has a variety of grant programs, but it does not fund capital construction. www.nea.gov

The National Endowment for the Humanities has a broad range of grant programs to support projects in the humanities but does not fund capital construction. www.neh.gov.]

Save Our History The History Channel supports local history education and historic preservation efforts in communities across America. Their Save Our History grants fund history organizations that partner with schools on a local community preservation project.  During the 2009/2010 school year, History will award grants of up to $10,000 to historical organizations to fund hands-on, experiential educational projects that teach students about their local history and actively engage them in its preservation. www.saveourhistory.com

III. LOANS AND TAX INCENTIVE OPPORTUNITIES 

Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit

Federal law provides a federal income tax credit equal to 20% of the cost of rehabilitating a historic building for commercial use. To qualify a property must be a certified historic structure—that is, on the National Register of Historic Places or contributing to a registered historic district. (Non-historic buildings built before 1936 qualify for a 10% tax credit.) Work must meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation. Apply through the NH Division of Historical Resources, www.nh.gov.nhdhr or contact Peter Michaud 271-3583.  In addition, the National Park Service's website offers helpful information on this tax credit.

 

Downtown Tax Incentive, RSA 79 E

Once this law is adopted by a municipality’s legislative body, a property owner who wants to substantially rehabilitate a downtown or village center building may apply to the local governing body for a period of temporary tax relief.  The law is structured to encourage both rehabilitation of downtown structures, and housing in the downtown area. The temporary tax relief consists of a finite period during which the property tax on the structure will not increase as a result of its substantial rehabilitation.  In exchange for the relief, the property owner grants a covenant ensuring the continuation of the public benefit during the period of the tax relief.  Berlin, Concord, Hooksett, Lisbon, Manchester and Pittsfield are using this program to date. www.nhpreservation.org

 

National Trust Community Investment Corporation

The National Trust Community Investment Corporation, the for-profit subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, makes equity investments in the rehabilitation of historic properties eligible for the 20 percent federal historic rehabilitation tax credit, and where available, state historic tax credits and the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC).  NTCIC invests in projects that have at least $6.0 million in total development costs and that generate at least $1.5 million in historic tax credit equity.  Smaller deals will be referred to the Small Deal Fund for equity investment consideration. Tax-exempt nonprofit organizations and public-sector developers may be eligible for an NTCIC equity investment by creating a limited liability partnership.  NTCIC has a special interest in those projects with a high community benefit.

www.ntcicfunds.com/

 

USDA Rural Development offers a variety of grant and loan programs. www.rurdev.usda.gov/VT   NH office: 223-6045 

NOTE: Some communities have their own grant programs (i.e. Main Street Façade Improvement Grants). Check with your municipality to see if local funds might be available for your project.

 

IV. PRIVATE AND CORPORATE GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

Public Service of New Hampshire
Community development grants avail­able in the PSNH service territory on a rolling basis throughout the year for historic preservation and more. Contact PSNH’s Community Development Manager, Doris Burke, 603-634-2442  PSNH, 780 North Commercial St. Manchester, NH 03101 www.psnh.com/Business/Economic/Community_Development.asp

The 1772 Foundation
Matching grants of up to $15,000 for the following historic preservation projects: exterior painting, security and fire detection systems, roof and window restoration, sill repair/replacement, and chimney re-pointing. To demonstrate the sustainability of historic sites, applicants will be required to submit a cyclical maintenance plan, condition assessment, restoration plan or stewardship plan that has been prepared or updated within the last five years. If an appropriate plan does not exist, the foundation will consider providing support for development of a plan on a case-by-case basis. One-page letters of inquiry will be accepted until April 1, 2011. Invited applications will be due June 25, 2011. www.1772foundation.org 

Jane’s Trust makes grants in Florida, Massachusetts, and the northern New England states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, with four primary focus areas: 1. Arts and Culture; 2. Education, 3. Environment; 4. Health. http://www.hembar.com/selectsrv/janes/index.html

The Samuel P. Pardoe Foundation supports education, land resource management and social service programs in the Lakes Region New Hampshire.  http://pardoefoundation.grantsmanagement08.com

Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund makes grants to support local community initiatives and non-profits that make a significant impact of communities that the bank serves. Grants range from $1,000 to $15,000.     www.mvsb.com

 

Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation offers grants of up to $7,500 to 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations which will help fund activities that strengthen these community organizations as they pursue their mission and to help initiate projects that improve life within the Bank's service area.   http://www.mascomabank.com/MSB.foundation.html

 

The Kresge Foundation makes large capital grants to acquire real estate and provide construction work for new buildings as well as preservation and rehabilitation work. www.kresge.org 

The Tauck Foundation Destination Grants fund historical, cultural and environmental preservation projects at sites where Tauck World Discovery tours currently take visitors. www.tauckfoundation.org 

Heart & Soul Community Planning Grants Vermont’s Orton Family Foundation invites proposals from small cities and towns, with partnering organizations, committed to developing and implementing plans for future growth inspired by their communities’ “heart and soul.” Communities must be: ready to use innovative project design, planning and communication tools; eager to work with community stakeholders; and committed to achieving citizen engagement and consensus building by seeking and listening to all residents, including those who are under represented in traditional planning processes.   Orton Family Foundation, 802.388.6336; info@orton.org; www.orton.org/rfp  

 

Updated November, 2010. Thanks to the NH Division of Historical Resources for their assistance in compiling this information.