The Lakes Region Planning Commission is a unique association of local governments that provides comprehensive planning services to meet the diverse needs of New Hampshire's Lakes Region. Our mission is to provide effective planning, in order to achieve and sustain a quality environment, a dynamic economy, and local cultural values by supporting community efforts through leadership, education, technical assistance, information, advocacy, coordination and responsive representation.

  • USDA Rural Development Seeking Broadband-related Applications

    USDA Rural Development is seeking applications from entities working to strengthen the capacity of rural communities through increasing the availability of broadband. USDA supports rural broadband through the following program: 

    Rural Broadband Access Loans and Loan Guarantees
    USDA is accepting applications through September 30 for the Rural Broadband Program. Non-profit, for-profit, cooperative and government entities may apply for financing to construct, improve and acquire facilities or equipment that will provide broadband services to eligible rural areas. Loan amounts range from $100,000 to $25,000,000.

    Learn more about these programs.

  • NH Adds 8 Properties to State Register – Three in Lakes Region

    The State Historical Resources Council recently added eight properties to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places, three of which are in the Lakes Region Planning Commission area: 

    Alexandria Town Hall's Craftsman details ar––e unusual both in Alexandria and among New Hampshire town halls. It has served the needs of local organizations, including the Cardigan Grange, from the time it was built in 1913 and remains the site of the town’s deliberative session and town meeting.

    The George Gamble Library in Danbury combines Colonial Revival and Queen Anne style architectural details; its rusticated concrete block exterior, stuccoed pediment and original double-leaf wood paneled doors are among its original well-preserved features. Built in 1911, it continues to serve Danbury’s literary needs today.

    One of the earliest Colonial Revival churches in Belknap County, the First Unitarian Unversalist Church in Laconia is also considered one of the finest. Built in 1939-40, its central square tower, shallow projecting front pavilion, small portico and octagonal belfry distinguish this local landmark.

    According to the Division of Historical Resources, the State Register has helped to promote the significance of many historic properties across New Hampshire. Benefits of being listed on the State Register include:
    • Acknowledgment of a property’s historical significance in the community.
    • Special consideration and relief from some building codes and regulations; and
    • Designation of a property as historical, which is a pre-qualification for many grant programs, including Conservation License Plate grants and New Hampshire Land and Community. Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) grants.
  • New Funding Round — Transportation Alternatives Project

    Letters of Interest Deadline:  July 13

    The New Hampshire Department of Transportation has announced a new round of funding for Transportation Alternatives projects. Eligible projects include trail facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists, safe routes to schools, and rail-trail conversions. The deadline to send Letters of Interest to DOT is July 13, 2018; full application deadline is September 7, 2018.

    Click here to visit the NH DOT website for ore detailed information on project eligibility, guidelines, and deadlines.

  • Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division (EFLHD)

    Call for Projects Application Period:  July 16 – October 15

    EFLHD will be conducting another Call for Projects for the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) in New Hampshire for Federal Fiscal Years (FY) 2020 through FY 2022.  All final project approvals will be contingent upon the availability of funds in the year for which they are being requested.  
    Funding beyond 2020 is dependent on reauthorization of the Access Program by Congress.

    The Call for Projects application period opens July 16, 2018 and runs through October 15, 2018An estimated total of $1.1M will be available for programming in NH. 

  • NH State Conservation Committee
    "Moose Plate" Conservation Grant Program
    2019 Conservation Grants Available

     Application Due Date: September 14, 2018

    NH State Conservation Committee Application Information and Forms:


    Contact the NH SCC Grant Administrator with questions and to discuss grant proposals: 

    Dea Brickner-Wood ~ nh-conservation-committee@nh.gov ~ 603.868.6112 

  • Mid-State Regional Coordinating Council (RCC):
    Needs Assessment for Coordinated Transportation Plan

    Mid-State Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) is beginning the update to its Coordinated Transportation Plan. The first step is a Needs Assessment. 

    If you need transportation services or work with anyone who might need them, please take a few minutes to fill out this short, online 
    Transportation Needs Assessment Survey.

    If you'd prefer to print out a paper copy, here is a PDF of the survey. It can be returned to:

    Dean Williams dwilliams@cnhrpc.org
    Transportation Planner
    Central NH Regional Planning Commission

    28 Commercial Street, Suite 3
    Concord, NH 03301