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Certified Local Government (CLG) Grant

Grants to Michigan Municipalities in Eligible Areas
for the Preservation of Local Historic Resources

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Michigan State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

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10/01/19 5:00 PM Postmarked


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Grants to Michigan municipalities with eligible status to promote historic preservation at the grassroots level. Funding is intended for education, community-based planning, identification, rehabilitation, and registration activities. Municipalities must be recognized as Certified Local Governments.

The current Michigan CLG communities are Allegan, Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Bay City, Birmingham, Boyne City, Calumet, Canton Township, Detroit, East Lansing, Escanaba, Farmington Hills, Franklin, Grand Rapids, Holland, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Manistee, Mason, Menominee, Monroe, Mount Clemens, Charter Township of Northville, Northville, Owosso, Rochester Hills, Saline, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti.

Each year, the SHPO staff develops broad goals for the Historic Preservation Program, based upon the Michigan Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan. Projects that effectively address these goals in the following areas are eligible for funding:

  • Survey Projects: The inventory of historic and archaeological sites may be conducted as intensive level research or thematic identification. All documents produced by a survey project are added to the permanent inventory at the Michigan Historical Center.
  • Nominations: Nomination projects may include the preparation of single site, historic district or multiple property nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, the official listing of the nation's cultural resources worthy of preservation.
  • Planning: Planning projects establish historic contexts as the basis for resource identification, evaluation and registration. They also establish management goals and set priorities for preservation efforts.
  • Public Education: Public education activities may include providing information to the community about local historic resources and strategies for their protection. Special events that educate the public about local history, National Register sites or preservation issues may also be eligible.
  • Restoration Planning: Restoration planning projects include plans and specifications, feasibility studies, historic structures reports, facade recommendations, and marketing studies for buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Development: Development projects include the protection, stabilization, preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation of properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Such projects, however, may be funded only when the conditions regulating the annual federal appropriation will allow this activity.

Education, Identification, Registration, and Planning Projects:

  • A publication education component must be a part of every project. At a minimum, this would include one public meeting.

Rehabilitation Planning & Rehabilitation Projects:

  • Planning projects must be completed by a consultant who has experience with historic resources. 
  • Eligible Rehabilitation Projects: Grant dollars can be used to complete a rehabilitation project, which may include masonry repair, exterior painting, and replacement of missing features. Rehabilitation is defined as the act or process of making possible a compatible use for a property through repair, alterations, and additions while preserving those portions or features that convey its historical, cultural, or architectural values. All rehabilitation project work must comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

Allowable costs for Education, Identification, Registration, and Planning projects can be found at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163976

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Education, Identification, Registration, and Planning Projects: Approximately $100,000 will be sub-granted to CLGs.
- Rehabilitation Planning & Rehabilitation Projects: The minimum grant award is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Education, Identification, Registration, and Planning Projects: Work must be under agreement during the current fiscal year (October 1 to September 30) and must be completed by June of the following year unless a formal project extension is requested by the CLG and approved by the SHPO. Assume that grant agreements will be executed no sooner than June 1. Work cannot begin until a grant agreement is executed.

Rehabilitation Planning & Rehabilitation Projects: Awarded grants will have until September 30, 2021 to complete the project work.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only Certified Local Governments (CLG) are eligible to apply for Historic Preservation grants. CLGs may sponsor projects for nonprofit organizations and public entities within their jurisdictions. Note that when a CLG sponsors an application, the CLG is the applicant. If a grant is awarded, the CLG organization is the grant recipient.

As of January 2019, thirty 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.

Rehabilitation Planning & Rehabilitation Projects:
Ineligible CLG Funded Projects: The following work has been determined by the U.S. Department of the Interior to be ineligible: Development projects for church-owned properties; total reconstruction (some specific features may be eligible for funding if historical documentation is provided); landscaping in relation to site improvements for parking lots, sidewalks, etc.

Unallowable costs for Education, Identification, Registration, and Planning Projects can be found at

Professional Qualifications For Project Director of Education, Identification, Registration, and Planning Projects can be found at

Pre-Application Information:

- The grant application deadline is Tuesday, October 1, 2019.
- Completed applications must be postmarked no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Mail or deliver application to Joelle Letts, Grants Manager/Budget Analyst.

Please note that two distinct manuals are available online. One manual contains the requirements for education, identification, registration, and community-based planning activities, while the other contains the requirements for rehabilitation and rehabilitation planning activities. Please be sure to use the correct manual when preparing your grant application.

You are encouraged to discuss your proposed project with SHPO staff. SHPO staff will also review draft applications and provide recommendations. If you would like your draft application reviewed, please send one copy of the proposed scope of work and the project budget. Draft proposals must be received at the SHPO no later than six weeks before the application submission deadline.

The SHPO is not requiring match for 2020 CLG grant projects.

Education, Identification, Registration, and Planning Projects:
CLG grants are paid on a reimbursement basis and the CLG must have sufficient funds available to complete project work. After financial documentation has been approved, payment is processed for project costs up to 60 percent, not to exceed the federal funds reserved for the project.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit application to:

Via U.S. Mail, UPS, Federal Express, or DHL:
Joelle Letts, Grants Manager/Budget Analyst
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
300 North Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48913

Questions regarding the application process should be addressed to:
Joelle Letts

Questions regarding Certified Local Governments should be addressed to:
Amy Arnold

State Historic Preservation Office
Michigan State Housing Development Authority
735 E. Michigan Avenue
PO Box 30044
Lansing, MI 48909

Grant Coverage Areas:

The current Michigan CLG communities are: Allegan, Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Bay City, Birmingham, Boyne City, Calumet, Canton Township, Detroit, East Lansing, Escanaba, Farmington Hills, Franklin, Grand Rapids, Holland, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Manistee, Mason, Menominee, Monroe, Mount Clemens, Charter Township of Northville, Northville, Owosso, Rochester Hills, Saline, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti.

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