Posted by: mlapgrants | April 18, 2017

New Lighthouse Postcards

The new 2017 lighthouse postcards are here!  The postcards feature the South Haven South Pierhead Light and are available at MDOT welcome centers.

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Posted by: mlapgrants | December 29, 2016

South Haven South Pierhead Light

The exterior repainting of the South Haven South Pierhead Light was completed in the fall of 2016 with partial project funding provided by the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program.  This was a very successful project that was executed in a very short time frame.  The success of the project was due to the work of a great project team!

Posted by: mlapgrants | December 2, 2016

Twilight at the Ft. Gratiot Lighthouse

November 30, 2016


Posted by: mlapgrants | November 17, 2016

Sand Point Lighthouse, Escanaba

The exterior painting of the Sand Point Lighthouse was recently completed with partial funding from the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program.  Great job for everyone involved!


Posted by: mlapgrants | September 28, 2016

Michigan Lighthouse License Plate

We have a new plate!!  Recent proposed changes to the specialty license plate law prompted the State Historic Preservation Office to look at the long-term projected sales of the lighthouse license plate.  The plate has been around for fifteen years, and although the sales are steady, we need to think about the longevity of the fund and the health of the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program (MLAP).  The plate was designed in house by the State Historic Preservation Office and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority in cooperation with the Secretary of State’s office.

Help save Michigan lighthouses by purchasing the redesigned plate at your Secretary of State Office.


Posted by: mlapgrants | August 22, 2016

Charlevoix Pierhead Light

The work is finished on the MLAP grant for the exterior painting of the Charlevoix Pierhead Light.  The new paint coating returns the light to its historic red color.  Great job by the Charlevoix Historical Society, Smay Trombley Architecture, and Mihm Enterprises.


Posted by: mlapgrants | July 6, 2016

South Haven Keeper’s Quarters

A new wood shingle roof was recently installed on the South Haven Keeper’s Quarters to match the historic roofing material.  The project was partially funded with an MLAP grant.  The previous asphalt shingle roof was quickly deteriorating so the roof work was critical to protect the structure.  Repair of water damage to the porch ceiling and roof structure was also a part of the work.  This project resulted in a significant visual improvement and will serve to preserve this historic resource.  DSCN1780DSCN1779DSCN1772DSCN1761

The dedication ceremony for the St. Joseph North Pier Inner and Outer Lights was held on Saturday, June 4, 2016. The dedication ceremony was a celebration of the fundraising efforts and the rehabilitation project for the lights and the catwalk. The City of St. Joseph, the Lighthouse Forever Fund, and The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center hosted the well attended ceremony. The rain held off until after the ceremony was over! Congratulations to all involved for a job well done.

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Posted by: mlapgrants | October 30, 2014

Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse Transfer Ceremony

Ownership of the Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse was transferred from the United States Coast Guard to the Township of Alpena on Saturday, October 25 with a ceremony at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena.  The transfer included 43.08 acres of Thunder Bay Island in addition to the historic structures.  The property will be operated and maintained by the Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society in partnership with the Township.  Representatives from the Bureau of Land Management, the United States Coast Guard, the Township of Alpena, the Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society, and Senator Carl Levin’s office were all in attendance.  Congratulations to the Township of Alpena and the Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society!

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Posted by: mlapgrants | October 9, 2014

Coastal Zone Management Grants

The Michigan Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program within the Office of the Great Lakes, Department of Environmental Quality, is pleased to announce the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for grant projects that protect the Great Lakes coastal resources by fostering the development of environmentally, economically, and socially vibrant coastal communities .The RFP is for coastal grants starting October 1, 2015 through December 30, 2016. Applications must be postmarked no later than December 30, 2014.
The CZM Program provides grant funds to our coastal communities and partners to assist in the development of vibrant and resilient coastal communities through the protection and restoration of our sensitive coastal resources and biologically diverse ecosystems. These grant funds are made available by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, pursuant to the CZM Act of 1972. The CZM Program anticipates $800,000 in grant funds will be available in the 2016 funding cycle.
Attached is the RFP Application Package, and it is also available on the CZM Program Web site at: Under Grants, scroll down and click on Coastal Management Program Request for Proposal Application Package.
The CZM Program will be hosting a webinar to explain the Request for Proposals on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, from 2:00-3:00pm. Reserve your webinar seat now at:
For additional information, please contact Ms. Ginny Berry at 517-284-5052, or at

RFP located in the “Grants” section:,1607,7-135-3313_3677_3696—,00.html

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