Protecting New Hampshire's Natural, Historic, and Cultural Resources
Introducing LCHIP’s Online Grant Management System
Grant LifeCycle Manager Launched!
At LCHIP we recognize that managing grants can be a time consuming and confusing process. Because we want our grantees to focus on conserving and preserving the important resources of our state, LCHIP has transitioned to a new, online grant management system. After more than a year spent researching and then customizing a solution that will meet LCHIP’s unique program and needs, our Grant LifeCycle Manager (GLM) portal opened in late February. LCHIP’s GLM streamlines our entire grantmaking process in an easy-to-use, cloud-based system. For grantees, this means less time spent on grant paperwork and more time spent on the project itself.

Within the GLM, every step of the LCHIP process has been laid out in a series of easy-to-follow steps. Instructions and guidance documents are available with the click of a mouse, and automatic reminders will help keep project managers stay on track. Document storage is available for each individual grant, and each organization, allowing users to store everything associated with their LCHIP grant in one location, and reduce the number of documents that need to be submitted. LCHIP’s GLM can be accessed from any internet-connected device - yes, even smart-phones, allowing users to check-in on the status of a grant, submit information or documents, or even make changes from anywhere, at any time. 
Meet Katie Midolo, LCHIP's Grants Coordinator
When Katie joined LCHIP in late 2021 as our office manager, we quickly realized that her skills and talents were perfectly suited to the newly-created Grants Coordinator position. Now, Katie works closely with grant applicants and recipients to help them navigate the LCHIP proposal submission and project completion process. Katie regularly reaches out to grantees, checking in on their progress and providing both technical and project management assistance. Katie is generally available 8am - 1:30, Monday - Friday. Read more about Katie here, or send her an email.
Meet Ben Engel, LCHIP's Land Conservation Program Specialist
On the job for just over a month now, Ben has quickly become an integral part of the LCHIP team. Ben works with applicants and recipients seeking to acquire conservation land or easements, as well as managing LCHIP’s stewardship program, overseeing 340 LCHIP-assisted natural and historic properties across the state. Over the coming months Ben will be getting out on the land, visiting all regions of the state to gain a solid understanding of each regions’ conservation priorities and initiatives. Feel free to email Ben if you’d like to introduce him to conservation in your neck of the woods, or read more about him here
Harrisville Community Church
Bucking the typical midwinter slow-down in construction work, some LCHIP-assisted projects are forging ahead, thanks to much of the work being completed under cover. At the Harrisville Community Church, workers are tackling a host of moisture- and drainage-related problems, long exacerbated by the building’s pond-side location. Work is expected to wrap up in the spring. Kudos to the project managers for making the most of the seasons!
Expanding the Community Forest
Conway’s Pine Hill Community Forest Expands by a Third
With the addition of 134 acres, the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust has helped to expand the Pine Hill Community Forest in Conway by 30%. Located in the triangle between routes 16 and 302, the forest is a popular spot for recreation of all kinds. Hikers, runners, mountain bikers, and snowshoers alike enjoy the Conway Rec Path and new “Ravine Trail” on the now 600-acre property. The forest is also immediately adjacent to the Kennett High School, providing ample opportunities to students and athletes from the school. In total, the forest contains miles of trails, 125 acres of wetland, 4,100 feet of frontage on the Saco River, and over a mile of scenic, undeveloped frontage along NH Route 16, creating a “green corridor” connecting the villages of Conway and North Conway.

The expansion was funded in part by a $94,000 grant from LCHIP, substantial funding from the US Forest Service’s Community Forest Program, as well as contributions from the “Moose Plate” grant program and many other groups and individuals. The initial 460 acres to create the forest was also funded in part by an LCHIP grant in 2018.
The NH Conservation License Plate (Moose Plate) Program supports the protection of critical resources in our state. You can purchase a Moose Plate at any time - even for a friend! Find out more at Income from the Moose Plate Program pays for much of LCHIP's administrative expenses. Thanks Moose Plate holders for your support!
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