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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Posted by: mlapgrants | August 1, 2014

Lighthouse Window Workshop

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN), in partnership with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), is conducting a free wood window rehabilitation training in Grawn, Michigan for the South Fox Island Lighthouse. There are a limited number of spaces available. Anyone interested should fill out and submit the application. Please contact MHPN with any questions.


Posted by: mlapgrants | June 23, 2014

National Maritime Heritage Grants

The grant application period for the Maritime Heritage grant program opens today and closes September 23, 2014. Please see detailed grant information at the following link:

Posted by: mlapgrants | June 9, 2014

Keweenaw Waterway Lower Entrance Light

National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act Notice of Availability for the Keweenaw Waterway Lower Entrance Light.

Keweenaw Waterway Lower Entry Light NOA Fact Sheet


Posted by: mlapgrants | June 4, 2014

Spectacle Reef Light

National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act Notice of Availability for the Spectacle Reef Light.

Spectacle Reef Light NOA Fact Sheet

1935 from NR nomination

Posted by: mlapgrants | November 22, 2013

2014 Great Lakes Lighthouse Conference Save the Date


Posted by: mlapgrants | November 4, 2013

2014 MLAP Grant Manual Available

October 29, 2013

Dear Lighthouse Enthusiast:

The State Historic Preservation Office is pleased to announce the availability of fiscal year 2014 Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program (MLAP) grant applications. Funds are available for both planning and rehabilitation activities. The grant application deadline is Monday, December 16, 2013. Applications must be postmarked no later than Monday, December 16, 2013. Copies of the grant manual and application materials can be found on our web page at, under the SHPO Programs heading, click on Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program.

If you are no longer active with lighthouse preservation and want to be removed from this lighthouse mailing list, or if your lighthouse affiliation has changed and you would like to update us with your new affiliation, please email Denise Sachau at

Questions about the grant application or the grant process can be directed to Denise J. Sachau, Grants Manager/Budget Analyst at or (517) 373-1904.

New this Year:

• For your convenience, we moved the MLAP Application Checklist from the Appendix to the end of Chapter 2 and Chapter 3. Please be sure to complete the application checklist and submit it with your grant application.

• To encourage the timely completion of MLAP grant projects so that new projects can be funded, awarded grants will have a two-year grant period in which to execute the project work. Project extensions beyond the two-year grant period will only be considered if the proposed end date is within three years of the date of execution of the grant agreement. Requests for extension will be evaluated and may be granted at the discretion of the SHPO if the recipient can demonstrate reasonable progress in accomplishing the grant work. Requests for extensions beyond three years of the execution date of the grant agreement will not be considered. Requests for project extensions must be submitted in writing prior to the end date of the grant agreement and must state the reason an extension is necessary.

• There has been some confusion regarding the amount of funds the grantee must have and when those funds must be available if your project is selected for funding. The MLAP grant program is an EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT program. The grantee must have funds available for expenditure to cover 100% of the costs of the entire project at the time the grant application is submitted. The grantee is then reimbursed for the expenses incurred up to the grant amount at the end of the grant project after the work has been approved by SHPO. All project work must be complete and all invoices paid, and all financial documentation is audited and approved by SHPO before the grantee receives any reimbursement. If a historic preservation easement is required, reimbursement will only occur after the easement is executed and recorded at the Register of Deeds and the original easement submitted to SHPO.

• We updated the sample resolutions provided in Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 of the grant manual. The intent is to clarify that MLAP is an EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT program and to clearly document who is the applicant versus who is the owner of the light station and to describe the relationship between the applicant and the owner relative to the grant administration duties of the MLAP project.

• For those who would like to see the language and the requirements of a SHPO historic preservation easement, there is a sample draft historic preservation easement included in Appendix I of the MLAP Grant Manual.


• Grantees are limited to having two MLAP grants open at one time. One grant must be for planning and one grant must be for rehabilitation. A grantee may not have two grants of the same type open at the same time. A grant must be closed before the grantee can submit a new application for a grant of the same type.

• To allow for larger projects, we raised the cap on the maximum award amount from $40,000 to $60,000. The match requirement remains at 50% of the grant amount.

• We are placing more emphasis on 1) receiving complete grant application materials at time of application; and 2) projects that are ready to begin work at application time, and not dependent on future actions, approval or cooperation from other organizations before the project can begin. Please refer to Page 6, Lighthouse Assistance Program Scoring Criteria, to see how your grant application will be evaluated.

• Note that MLAP rehabilitation grants require a historic preservation easement in perpetuity.

• Please submit an aerial photograph of your light station site to assist us in preparing your historic preservation easement.

Updates on MLAP grant projects and additional resources can be found on our blog at

As a reminder, you can contribute to the future of Michigan’s historic lighthouses by purchasing a Michigan lighthouse license plate. You can find more information on the lighthouse license plate at the Secretary of State web page at , then click on Owning A Vehicle, then License Plate Store, and then on Fundraising License Plates. The proceeds from the sale of lighthouse license plates are used to assist in the rehabilitation of Michigan’s lighthouses.

We look forward to receiving a Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program grant application from your organization.


Brian D. Conway, State Historic Preservation Officer

Posted by: mlapgrants | October 29, 2013

Charlevoix Pierhead Light

The SHPO conducted their site visit to view the completed work at the Charlevoix Light on August 29th. The MLAP grant work was for interior painting. All of the completed work looked great! The architect for the project was Michelle Smay and the contractor was Mihm Enterprises, Inc. Attending the site visit were Michelle Smay, Bob Ziman from Mihm, Mary Adams and Mike Bergeon from the Charlevoix Historical Society, and Denise Sachau and Bryan Lijewski from SHPO. It took some time for the project to happen, but the result was worth the wait. Great job everyone!






Posted by: mlapgrants | July 15, 2013

2013 MLAP Grants Announced

Contact: Katie Bach
Telephone: 517.335.4786

July 9, 2013

Michigan Lighthouse Preservation Continues
Grants funded by specialty license plates announced

LANSING, Mich. — The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), part of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), announced this year’s recipients of Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program (MLAP) grants. The grants are funded through the sale of the Save Our Lights specialty license plate.

“Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state,” said MSHDA Executive Director Scott Woosley. “These unique structures symbolize Michigan and its rich maritime heritage. With this grant program we are able to assist organizations devoted to lighthouse preservation.”

Lighthouses range from single structures and multi-building complexes on land to isolated offshore structures.

State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Conway said, “Michigan is fortunate to have citizens who care deeply about lighthouses and commit themselves to preservation. The isolated locations of many of these buildings present unique challenges. Just getting supplies to an offshore lighthouse can be a monumental and expensive task.”

Recipient projects are chosen through an annual competitive application process. Grantees must contribute 50 percent of the award amount as matching dollars to the project.

2013 grants recipients:

The DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society will receive a $60,000 grant for the DeTour Reef Light Station in Chippewa County. The project will repair and eliminate water infiltration by repairing the roof, repairing the watch room deck floor, and repairing water damage to the interior ceilings and walls.

The Manistee County Historical Museum will receive $20,000 for the Manistee North Pierhead Light and Elevated Walkway. The museum will hire a consultant to prepare a historic structures report (HSR) and plans and specifications for the rehabilitation of the Manistee North Pierhead Light and elevated walkway.

Lake St. Clair Save Our South Channel Lights will receive a $60,000 grant for rehabilitation work on the St. Clair Flats Old South Channel Front Range Light near Harsens Island. The project will involve straightening the existing structure to vertical and installing a new foundation, reinstalling and restoring the limestone base, and repairing brick and stonework.

Since 2000 the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants for the preservation of lighthouses. “We are grateful to the lighthouse enthusiasts who support this program by purchasing a specialty plate,” Conway said. “Without this support, local lighthouse stewards would have a more difficult time paying for the stabilization and rehabilitation of these iconic structures.”

You can support the preservation of Michigan’s lighthouses by purchasing a “Save Our Lights” license plate through the Secretary of State.

The State Historic Preservation Office is part of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) , which provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve decent, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents and to engage in community economic development activities to revitalize urban and rural communities.*

*MSHDA’s loans and operating expenses are financed through the sale of tax-exempt and taxable bonds as well as notes to private investors, not from state tax revenues. Proceeds are loaned at below-market interest rates to developers of rental housing, and help fund mortgages and home improvement loans. MSHDA also administers several federal housing programs. For more information, visit

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is financed in part by a grant from the National Park Service, Department of Interior. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of the Interior. The Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on its federally funded assistance programs. If you believe you’ve been discriminated against please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C. St. NW, Washington DC 20240.

Posted by: mlapgrants | July 10, 2013

DeTour Reef Light

We spent the weekend of June 21-23 at DeTour Reef Light as part of their Keeper program. What a great weekend! For more information about the program, visit the DeTour Reef website at Here are a few photos from the weekend.







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