LCHIPLand & Community Heritage Investment Program (Concord, NH)
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Like LCHIP, the Renewable Energy Fund is raised from special fees, in this case, compliance payments by electricity providers unable to procure adequate supplies of power from renewable energy sources.
However, in recent years the Legislature has directed LCHIP to contribute funds back to the General Fund.
In the 10 years since its founding, LCHIP has contributed funding to 202 projects helping to protect more than 290,000 acres and 118 historic structures in 136 of New Hampshire's cities and towns.
LCHIP has an endowment established to provide annual funds to insure easements and protections are reviewed and monitored in perpetuity.
I have been a board member of LCHIP for almost four years as the local planning representative from the Initiative For a 2020 Vision for Concord.
LCHIP is most often the "but for" funding (as in "but for LCHIP's contribution, the project would not happen").
LCHIP's staff of three, with an additional part-time administrator, works diligently to make communities and not-for-profits aware of the program, how and when to apply, and occasionally, how to reapply in subsequent rounds as well as reviews the applications that are sent in.
LCHIP is not a luxury; it is an investment, one we need to maintain year in and year out, like a savings account for our future.
Some members of the House Municipal and County Government Committee said the bill wasn't about LCHIP, but that it was about creating a new tax that hurts residents.
LCHIP requested $12 million from the latest budget, and Gov.
There promise to be bills on every proposal the governor mentioned in his speech, as well as those for civil unions, gay marriage, increased funding for LCHIP, gambling, and every other proposal one can think of.
More information about the application process can be obtained by calling LCHIP at 226-0012.