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Grants to Michigan Nonprofits and Agencies to Renovate and Preserve Historic Lighthouses

2023 Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program (MLAP) Grant

Michigan State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) - Michigan Strategic Fund

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #163696

Grant Description

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Grants to Michigan nonprofit organizations and local or state governments to rehabilitate, preserve, and protect lighthouses that are listed or are eligible to be listed as national historic landmarks. Funding is intended for planning and preservation projects that adhere to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Eligible Projects:

  • Planning Projects: These grant dollars can be used to complete a lighthouse planning project. Planning projects would include Historic Structure Reports (HSR), Condition Assessment Reports (CAR), plans and specifications, and construction administration services. Planning projects must be completed by a consultant who has experience with historic resources, and ideally with maritime resources. The consultant must demonstrate that they meet or exceed the professional requirements for "Historic Architecture" as stated in 36 CFR Part 61.
  • Rehabilitation Projects: These grant dollars can be used to complete a bricks and mortar rehabilitation project. A rehabilitation project could include work such as masonry repair, exterior painting, and replacement of missing features. Rehabilitation plans and specifications must be submitted with the application. All rehabilitation project work must comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

For information about the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, see:

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations and governmental units that own (or are in the process of acquiring) or have long-term leases (minimum of 10 years) on a lighthouse are eligible to apply for these funds. Private individuals are not eligible for these grants.

The light station must be listed or be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation.

Grant recipients are limited to having two open MLAP grants at one time: one planning and one rehabilitation. Grant recipients cannot have an open MLAP grant project and submit another application of the same type. One grant must be closed before another grant will be awarded.

Unallowable Costs
- Acquisition
- Non-historic site features such as parking lots
- Certain environmental cleanup activities required under federal law
- Reconstruction of demolished buildings (reconstruction of certain missing elements may be allowable if based upon historical documentation, such as photographs)
- Fundraising
- Fines, penalties, debts or interest
- Operational expenses
- Volunteer labor of professionals, such as roofers, painters, electricians, plumbers
- Cost-plus subcontracts, unlimited time and materials sub-contracts, and contingency fees

Additional eligibility information can be found at

Pre-Application Information:

Important Deadlines:
- Applications Due to SHPO November 18, 2022, no later than 5:00 PM
- Anticipated Notice of Award Spring 2023
- Anticipated Grant Period Summer 2023 to September 30, 2024

Grants must be matched equal to 50% of the grant amount awarded. For example, in a $30,000 project, a $20,000 grant request must be matched by a $10,000 available cash match. The cash match may be in any form, including savings, loans or other private, state, or local grants. Federal funds are not eligible to be used as match.

All grant funds are paid on an expense reimbursement basis only. The grantee must have funds available for expenditure amounting to 100% of the entire project cost at the time of a grant application submittal. The grantee will be reimbursed for eligible expenses incurred (up to the grant amount) at the end of the grant process.

When rehabilitation or stabilization work is performed, a historic preservation easement must be executed to protect the historic resource.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

A minimum grant award of $10,000 and a maximum award of $60,000.

Term of Contract:

Awarded grants will have until September 30, 2024 to complete the project work.

Contact Information:

Submit one copy of the final application in PDF via e-mail to:

You may also direct questions to:
Bryan Lijewski, Architect
at the above email address or (517)331-4761

Michigan Economic Development Corporation
300 N. Washington Sq., Lansing, MI 48913

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