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Tilton School celebrates $180,000 grant award

November 26, 2020
TILTON — The Board of Directors of the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) has announced $4.1 million in matching grants awarded to thirty-two projects across the state, including the Charles E. Tilton Mansion on the campus of Tilton School.

Tilton School, a co-educational independent school known for its Mastery Approach curriculum, received a $180,000 grant award to support the restoration of the unique mansard roof of the mansion. This project will protect and preserve the historic character of the building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as having historic significance to New Hampshire.

"We're excited by LCHIP's investment in the Charles E. Tilton Mansion." said David Thiel, Head of School. "We know how important the mansion is to the town and its history, and this grant will help Tilton School preserve the Mansion for the benefit of the entire community, both on campus and off."

The mansion was built as the family residence of Charles Elliot Tilton, namesake of both the school and the town where it resides. A residence in the Tilton family until 1952, the building was purchased by Tilton School in 1962. It houses the school library and art center. The funds from the LCHIP grants will help the school conduct critical maintenance to the roof of this historic building. The Masiello Family Foundation has donated a matching amount in support of this project.

LCHIP funds will support projects in nine of the state's ten counties. This grant round was highly competitive, with nearly $8 million in funding requests compared to $4.1 million available for grants. LCHIP Board of Directors Chair Amanda Merrill of Durham observed that "With the large number and high quality of applications that where submitted this year, the board had the satisfaction of awarding grants to a variety of wonderful projects-- and the regret of being unable to support many others. It is clear to me that the work of LCHIP is more important than ever."

Grant recipients are required to raise a minimum of one dollar for each dollar provided by LCHIP. This year's awards of $4.1 million will be matched by nearly $18 million that the project proponents will raise from other public and private sources, infusing a total of over $22 million into the state's economy in direct project activity.

About Tilton School

Tilton School is an independent, co-educational, boarding and day school in Tilton, New Hampshire., serving students in grades 9 through 12 and postgraduates. Since its founding in 1845, Tilton has challenged students to embrace and navigate a world driven by diversity and change. Tilton School approaches teaching, learning, and living through a customized learning process called The Mastery Approach. For more information about Tilton visit tiltonschool.org.

About New Hampshire's Land and Community Heritage Investment Program

The New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program is an independent state authority created by the legislature in 2000. LCHIP's legislative mandate is to ensure the perpetual contribution of natural, cultural and historic resources to the economy, environment, and quality of life in New Hampshire. LCHIP does this by providing matching grants to New Hampshire communities and non-profits to conserve and preserve the state's most important natural, cultural and historic resources. The program has provided 499 grants which have helped to conserve approximately 294,000 acres of land for food production, water quality, ecological values, timber management and recreation and supported 301 projects to rehabilitate 286 historic structures and sites. Grants have been awarded in all parts of the state and in 176 of New Hampshire's 234 communities. Fifty million dollars of state money have led to a total project value of more than $289 million. The money for LCHIP grants comes from fees on four documents recorded at the Registry of Deeds in every county of the state.

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