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

2023 Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program (MLAP) Grant


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Funding Source
Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Michigan

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/17/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $60,000 to Michigan local or state governments and nonprofit organizations to rehabilitate, protect, and preserve lighthouses that are listed or are eligible to be listed as national historic landmarks. Funding is intended for the completion of a rehabilitation project and for the completion of a planning project. Projects must be ready to proceed at the time of application.

Eligible Projects:

  • Grant dollars can be used to complete a lighthouse planning project. Planning projects 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.
  • 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.

Project Readiness: 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.

All MLAP project work must comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. 

For details about planning and rehabilitation projects, see:

More information about the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility of applicants:
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.

Eligibility of light station:
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.

More information about eligibility can be found here:

Private individuals are not eligible for these grants.

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

Pre-Application Information
Important Dates
- Applications Due to SHPO: November 17, 2023, no later than 5:00 PM
- Anticipated Notice of Award: Spring 2024

The Michigan SHPO strongly advises applicants to consult with staff when developing project proposals and to discuss the project scope of work prior to submitting a grant application to ensure the project is eligible and/or appropriate for potential grant funding.

Grants must be matched equal to 50% of the grant amount awarded.

All grant funds are paid on an expense reimbursement basis only. The applicant must have funds available for expenditures amounting to 100% of the entire project cost at the time of application.

When rehabilitation or stabilization work is performed, a historic preservation easement (easement of maintenance and public accessibility) must be executed to protect the historic resource.

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.

Estimated Size of Grant
The grant request must be between $10,000 and $60,000.

Term of Contract
Anticipated Grant Period: Summer 2024 to September 30, 2025

Contact Information
Applications must be submitted as a single PDF document and must be emailed to the SHPO Grants Manager/Budget Specialist Alan Higgins at the email address below.

Questions about the grant application or the grant process can be directed to Alan Higgins, at

Technical questions about proposed project scopes can be directed to Bryan Lijewski, FAIA, Architect Specialist, at

Michigan Economic Development Corporation
300 N. Washington Sq., Lansing, MI 48913
(517) 335-9840

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