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Introduction to Historic Preservation Grants

Michigan's Historic Preservation Grant Program

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 provides federal government funds for projects designed to identify, assess, designate and protect districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects significant in the history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture of the United States. The funds, received annually from the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior, are administered by Michigan's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Michigan Historical Center.

The Historic Preservation Fund is the source of a 60-40 matching grant-in-aid program. The federal funds provided through the grant must be matched by the grant recipient with private funds, local government funds, in-kind services, state funds, certain federal funds (limitations apply), donated services and/or donated equipment or material.

Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program

The Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program was established by the Michigan legislature in 1999 to assist local groups in preserving and protecting lighthouses. The program arose from the efforts of the Michigan Lighthouse Project and concern about the disposal of some 70 lighthouses by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The SHPO's various grant programs are described in detail at the Historic Preservation Incentives Programs site.

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