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LRCT Celebrates $250,000 Grant Award

December 14, 2023

LCHIP Grant Awards Ceremony
Pictured L-R: Governor Sununu, LRCT Board Chair Rhys Bowen, Project Manager Anna Boudreau, LCHIP Executive Director Paula Bellemore, LRCT President Don Berry, LCHIP Board Chair Ben Wilcox at the 2023 LCHIP Award Ceremony

Concord, NH: Governor Sununu joined the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) on December 11th announcing $3.7 million in matching grants to support twenty-five land conservation and historic preservation projects across the state. The grants will support efforts to rehabilitate 12 historic buildings and permanently conserve more than 4,300 acres of farm, timber, and ecologically significant land in all 10 counties of the state.

The Lakes Region Conservation Trust has received a $250,000 grant award to support the Swain Family Farm Project in Sanbornton, NH. The grant will assist in the acquisition of an agricultural land easement on the 320-acre property. The Swain Family Farm is a landmark in Sanbornton that has been in continuous operation since the 1800’s. The easement will help support the farm’s long-term viability, ensure that these lands remain available for productive agricultural and forestry, and permanently protect the land’s habitat, recreational, and scenic values. LRCT is very appreciative of the support from LCHIP for this wonderful project. 

LCHIP grant recipients must match each dollar contributed by LCHIP with at least one added dollar and complete the funded projects according to the program’s rigorous standards. This year’s $3.7 million awards will be matched by more than $9.3 million from other public and private sources, infusing $13 million into the state’s economy through direct project activity.  

Swain Family Farm cows
View of Swain Family Farm courtesy of Jerry Monkman

About New Hampshire’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program 

The New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) is an independent state authority providing matching grants to New Hampshire’s municipalities and non-profits, helping to preserve the state’s most important natural, cultural, and historic resources and ensure their contribution to the economy, environment, and quality of life in New Hampshire. 

Since 2000 LCHIP has awarded 589 grants, investing $62 million in 200 NH communities to help conserve 241,000 acres of land and rehabilitate 172 historic structures. Learn more about how LCHIP is helping to preserve and protect New Hampshire’s heritage at, by following LCHIP_NH on Instagram, or Facebook.