A press release held Monday, January 6th in Concord confirmed a secret that historical society members had known since mid-December: Grafton received its first ever grant from New Hampshire’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program. The $42,000 LCHIP grant will allow for critical restoration efforts at the East Grafton Union Church, namely repairs to the building’s undercarriage, foundation, and main floor.
LCHIP was founded in 2001 in an effort to provide communities with matching funds to preserve historic buildings and conserve key parcels of land. Its mission is to invest in New Hampshire’s unique landscape; for every dollar LCHIP grants, several more are leveraged through local and national sources. Such investments are crucial in order to maintain the “New Hampshire advantage.”
The grant request required an extensive application process and would not have been possible without a town-wide effort. The historical society extends its appreciation to everyone who helped make this impressive feat possible.
Our next steps focus on matching the $42,000. 2014 will be a busy fundraising year for the society as its members continue restoration on the tramp house, schoolhouse, and carding mill as well.
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To see other LCHIP projects or to learn more about this invaluable resource to New Hampshire’s communities, visit www.lchip.org.