Lighthouse Grants, Deadline Nov. 17

The Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program (MLAP) was established to assist in the preservation, rehabilitation and protection of historic lighthouses in Michigan. This grant program is managed through the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). Funding for the MLAP comes from the sale of lighthouse license plates. These grant dollars are exclusive to light station rehabilitation and planning projects for light station resources listed or eligible for listing in the National Register.

Eligible Applicants

Nonprofit organizations and state or local governments that own (or are in the process of acquiring) or have long-term leases on a lighthouse are eligible to apply for these funds. Private individuals are not eligible for these grants.

The project must be ready to proceed at the time of application and must not be dependent on future actions, approval, or cooperation from other organizations before the project can begin.

This program requires a 50% match, grant awards $7,500 – $60,000. Applications are due by 5 pm November 15. Contact us for more information on this program. To learn more about GFA please visit our website at

Lighthouse Grants, Deadline Nov. 17

National Maritime Heritage Grants, Deadline Sept. 23

Beginning on June 23, state, tribal, and local governments and private non-profit organizations can submit applications for National Maritime Heritage Grants! Approximately $1,700,000 is available for 2014. Grant proposals will be accepted until September 23, 2014.

Approximately $1.7 million in National Maritime Heritage Grants for education or preservation projects are available for 2014. Proposals for grants will be accepted from June 23 until September 23, 2014. Education projects can request $25,000-50,000 and preservation projects can request $50,000-200,000. Funding for Maritime Heritage Grants is competitive and requires a 1-to-1 match with non-Federal assets from non-Federal sources. Project grants are administered through the Maritime Heritage Program and State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs).

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National Maritime Heritage Grants, Deadline Sept. 23

David Evans Memorial Historic Preservation Grant, from the Michigan Architectural Foundation

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  • Promotes the practice of historic preservation
  • Gives encouragement and support to not-for-profit (501c3) community groups seeking to restore important resources
  • Showcases innovative solutions to specific preservation problems
  • Encourages architects to embrace preservation projects
  • Acknowledges the contribution of historic preservation architect, David Evans, FAIA

Criteria for the award

  • Preserve an historic property or artifact that may otherwise be lost.
  • Demonstrate a creative solution to a preservation problem; i.e., adaptive reuse
  • Benefit the community aesthetically and/or through increased visibility.
  • The award will leverage other funds and will contribute to the continued viability of the historic property.


The David Evans Memorial Preservation Grant: Seven Thousand Five Hundred dollars will be awarded for fees or hard costs of a preservation project located in Michigan.


The application must be submitted electronically on a computer disc mailed to the Michigan Architectural Foundation, 553 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226 (limited to five electronic pages, drawings and photos must be added as attachments, and must include the following):

  • Brief history of the requesting organization, including a statement of its capacity to fulfill the terms of the grant
  • Project description
  • Implementation plans
  • Project budget including other funding sources being approached for support of this project (provide a financial statement of the organization at the time of submission)
  • List of architects or licensed design professionals involved in the project (An architect member of the American Institute of Architects)
  • The cover page of IRS non-profit (501-C-3) status certification
  • Photographs, drawings or images sufficient to understand the scope of the project and its context.

Presentation / Payment

The successful organization will be honored during Preservation Month (May) at a ceremony jointly arranged by the recipient and the Michigan Architectural Foundation.

The disbursement of funds will be made during the construction on a mutually agreed schedule between the recipient and the Foundation.


  • March 15, 2013 – Deadline for submission of electronic application.
    April 2013 – jury meets
    May 10, 2013 – Presentation ceremony at the Michigan Historic Preservation Network Conference

Follow Up

Grant recipients are required to provide a one page follow-up report one year after the award outlining specifically how the grant was used and the progress of the preservation project.


Contact Michigan Architectural Foundation online at or Evelyn Dougherty at 313-965-4100 — or

An application form and further information is available on line at the link below. Applicants may call the Foundation at 313-965-4100 with specific questions.

Click here to print an application for the Evans Grant.

David Evans Memorial Historic Preservation Grant, from the Michigan Architectural Foundation

Should you consider becoming a certified local government?

If your community is fortunate enough to be home to historic sites, you may want to consider applying for Certified Local Government (CLG) status. Once designated a CLG, you can then access grants and incentives that are not available otherwise. In the recent past these grants have included funds for:

Conducting a survey of historic resources;
Preparing nominations to the National Register of Historic Places for buildings, sites, structures, objects and districts in the community;
Developing design guidelines for local historic districts;
Administering a local historic district ordinance;
Preparing a local preservation plan for managing historic resources;
Planning for the protection or the restoration of national register sites;
Preparing a feasibility study for restoration of a historic structure;
Restoration of national register-listed properties; or
Educating the community on historic preservation through the publication of brochures, a speaker’s bureau, or the development of a website.

Currently there are no CLGs in northwest Michigan, although Traverse City, Charlevoix, Cadillac and Boyne City carry a local district designation. The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 was amended in 1980 to provide for a federal-state-local preservation partnership. Grant funds were made available from the National Park Service through the State Historic Preservation Offices for Certified Local Governments (CLGs) to initiate and support historic preservation activities at the local level.

Since then, nineteen Michigan local governments have become CLGs. Any municipality can become a CLG: a county, a township, a large city or small village, or a town. By meeting a few simple but important standards, a community may receive financial aid and technical assistance that will enhance and promote historic neighborhoods and commercial districts. An active CLG program can become an important planning vehicle for community development by identifying specific preservation projects and applying for grants to carry out the projects. The SHPO provides guidance for all units of government to initiate and develop such programs.

The Benefits of Becoming a CLG
Becoming a CLG makes a community eligible to apply for subgrants available only to CLG communities. At least 10 percent of the annual Historic Preservation Fund grant made to Michigan under the National Historic Preservation Act must be distributed to the CLGs. Becoming a CLG ensures that historic preservation issues are understood and addressed at the local level and are integrated into the local planning and decision-making process at the earliest possible opportunity.

Becoming a CLG can expand a local unit’s participation in the historic preservation program through the National Register nomination process and, with qualified staff, other programs such as review of federal undertakings for impact on historic resources under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Participation in the CLG Program promotes a positive image for the community by being a demonstration of commitment on the part of local officials to work with the state and federal government to preserve historic resources.

Obligations and Requirements
To qualify for certification, a local unit of government must have adopted a local historic preservation ordinance that complies with Michigan’s Local Historic Districts Act, PA 169 of 1970, as amended, and meets the guidelines set forth in the CLG Manual.

Once certified, a CLG is required to maintain an ongoing system for the survey and inventory of historic resources; must develop four-year historic preservation goals for the community;
is required to provide for adequate public participation in the local historic preservation program; may participate in the process of nominating historic properties to the National Register of Historic Places; and will be monitored every four years to ensure that all responsibilities are being met.

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Source: State of Michigan, Historic Preservation

Should you consider becoming a certified local government?