Previously Awarded Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Grants (2000-present)

Since the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program was established in 1999, the State Historic Preservation Office has awarded grants annually to promote the preservation of these historic maritime buildings. Below is a complete list of recipients, as well as the amount of assistance money awarded.

 

In 2016, the State Historic Preservation Office awarded $60,000 to assist the Historical Association of South Haven for the South Haven South Pierhead Light. The society will hire a contractor to repaint and repair the metal exterior of the lighthouse.

In 2015, the State Historic Preservation Office awarded $118,432 to assist organizations in preserving Michigan's historic lighthouses.

Charlevoix South Pier Lighthouse, Charlevoix Historical Society ($12,700)
Hire a contractor to repaint exterior red surfaces of the Charlevoix South Pier Lighthouse with red marine-grade paint.

South Haven Light Keepers Dwelling, Michigan Maritime Museum ($22,000)
Rehabilitation of the South Haven Light Keepers Dwelling roof and flashing as well as the replacement of the porch roof framing, deck, and ceiling.

Crisp Point Lighthouse, Crisp Point Lighthouse Historical Society ($25,000)
Hire a contractor to remove paint from exterior and replace mortar, brick, and repaint the Crisp Point Lighthouse. Also, repair the flashing between the service building and the tower.

Mission Point Lighthouse, Peninsula Township ($44,732)
Rehabilitation of the stone and brick foundations of the tower/keeper's dwelling; and the relocation of the storage building to its original position east of the keeper's dwellings. 

Sand Point Lighthouse, Delta County Historical Society Foundation ($14,000)
Hire a contractor to paint the exterior of the Sand Point Lighthouse including all metal and wooden surfaces.

 

In 2014, the State Historic Preservation Office awarded $134,603 to assist organizations in preserving Michigan's historic lighthouses.

Cheboygan River Front Range Light Station, Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association ($28,000)
Rehabilitate the foundation walls and porch piers.

Manitou Island Light Station, Keweenaw Land Trust, Inc. ($19,970)
Stabilize and rehabilitate the ninety-six-foot long Manitou Island wooden dock structure and crib.

Menominee North Pier Light Station, City of Menominee ($20,000)
Hire a consultant to prepare a Historic Structures Report, which will guide future rehabilitation efforts.

Pointe Aux Barques Light Station, Huron County Road Commission ($26,633)
Rehabilitate the windows and doors, and fabricate and install custom storm windows, at the Keeper's Dwelling building.

Port Austin Reef Light Station, Port Austin Reef Light Association ($40,000)
Rehabilitate the dock by purchasing and installing sheet piling to resurface the outside perimeter of the dock to stop water-side exterior deterioration.

In 2013, the State Historic Preservation Office awarded $80,000 to assist organizations in preserving Michigan's historic lighthouses.

DeTour Reef Light Station, DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society ($60,000)
Water ingress repair and remediation: repair/replace copper roof; repair leak in watch room by repairing the lantern deck: replace caulking and seal floor of deck; Interior ceiling and wall repairs: remove damaged plaster and replace with new plaster; repaint rooms with historic colored paint

Manistee North Pierhead Light Station, City of Manistee ($20,000)
Historic Structures Report and Plans & Specifications for the rehabilitation of the Manistee North Pierhead Light and elevated walkway

In 2012, the State Historic Preservation Office awarded $188,000 to assist organizations in preserving Michigan's historic lighthouses.

Beaver Island Saint James Light Tower, Saint James Township ($60,000)
Hire a contractor to complete interior and exterior masonry work on the Light Tower as prioritized in the plans and specifications prepared by UP Engineers and Architects resulting from a 2006 MLAP grant.

Copper Harbor Rear Range Light, Michigan Department of Natural Resources/Michigan Historical Center ($30,000)
Hire a consultant to prepare a historic structures report for the light station and lightkeeper's barn.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light and Muskegon South Breakwater Light, Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy ($20,000)
Hire a consultant to document existing conditions of the two lighthouses, prepare plans and specifications for restoration, including cost estimates.

Saint Clair Flats Old South Channel Front Range Light, Lake St. Clair Save Our South Channel Lights ($60,000)
Front Range Light: stabilize and straighten structure to vertical; install new foundation under the light, including micro-pile footings and reinforced concrete mat; transition and support tower to new foundation; reinstall and restore limestone base to match original; clean and abate bird excrement; repair above-grade brick and stonework inside and outside, including repairs at all original masonry openings.

White River Light Station, Fruitland Township ($8,000)
Hire a contractor to paint the exterior of the White River Lighthouse including all metal and wooden surfaces and substrates.

Whitefish Point Light Station, Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society ($10,000)
Hire a consultant to prepare plans and specifications for the rehabilitation of the 1923 Motor Lifeboat House which is an original structure of the Light Station, and is in the process of being purchased by the GLSHS and relocated back to Light Station.

In November 2011, $97,000 was awarded to lighthouses around Michigan.

Livingstone Light, City of Detroit Recreation Department ($37,000) 
The City of Detroit Recreation Department will rehabilitate the exterior of the Livingstone Lighthouse. The work will include replacing sealant on the vertical and horizontal stone joints of the lighthouse tower, resetting stones around the tower base, replacing sealant at the base stone joints, and inspecting and repairing the lighthouse roof as needed.

Port Austin Reef Light, Port Austin Reef Light Association ($20,000)
The Port Austin Reef Light Association (PARLA) will hire a consultant to prepare a historic structures report for the Port Austin Reef Light.

Whitefish Point Light Tower, Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society ($40,000)
The GLSHS will hire a contractor to professionally rehabilitate the remaining portion of the exterior of the light tower. This is phase III in a series of MLAP grants awarded to GLSHS to complete the rehabilitation of the tower.

In June 2010, $217,666 was awarded to the following organizations across Michigan.

Fort Gratiot Light Station, Saint Clair County ($40,000) 
The U. S. Coast Guard continues to own the Fort Gratiot Light Station, which is in the process of being transferred to St. Clair County. Saint Clair County will replace roofing on the Fog Signal building and the Single Keeper's Building. It will also repair the roof of the Keeper's Duplex, repair the chimney of the Equipment Building, and repair lintels and windows of the Single Keeper's Building.

Grand Traverse Lighthouse, Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum ($5,000) 
A previous grant funded new windows in the lighthouse and fog signal building. This grant will assist with funds for new doors for the lighthouse and fog signal building.

Gull Rock Lighthouse, Gull Rock Lightkeepers ($20,000) 
The Gull Rock Lightkeepers are rehabilitating the interior of the lighthouse. A previous grant funded the preparation of plans and specifications for the rehabilitation project.

Little Sable Point Light Station, Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association ($40,000) 
The SPLKA will hire a consultant to prepare a historic structures report for the Little Sable Light Station. This report will guide future maintenance and/or rehabilitation of the structure and site.

Old Mission Lighthouse, Peninsula Township ($26,666) 
Peninsula Township will hire a consultant to prepare a historic structures report for the Old Mission Point Light Station. This report will guide future maintenance and/or rehabilitation of the structure.

Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse, Huron County ($16,000) 
The county will restore the original third order Fresnel lens for the Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse, which is now a museum.

Whitefish Point Lighthouse, Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society ($40,000) 
The GLSHS will hire a contractor to professionally rehabilitate the light tower below the lantern room and strip and paint all surfaces. A previous MLAP grant rehabilitated the top of the light tower.

In March 2009, $79,048 was awarded to the following lighthouses.

Charlevoix South Pier Lighthouse, Charlevoix Historical Society ($29,666) 
This lighthouse ownership was transferred from the U.S. Coast Guard to the city of Charlevoix in June 2008. The Charlevoix Historical Society will use its fourth grant to repaint the interior of the lighthouse, including surface preparation and lead paint abatement. Previous MLAP grants assisted with ventilation and exterior rehabilitation and painting.

South Fox Island Lighthouse, Fox Island Lighthouse Association ($16,666) 
The South Fox Island Lighthouse is owned by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The Fox Island Lighthouse Association will use the MLAP grant to hire a consultant to prepare a Historic Structures Report for the lighthouse building.

Gull Rock Lighthouse, Gull Rock Lightkeepers ($24,000) 
The Gull Rock Lightkeepers own the lighthouse. They will hire a consultant to prepare plans, specifications, and a cost estimate to rehabilitate the interior of the lighthouse. This is the lightkeepers' third grant. Previous grants assisted in replacing the roof.

Manitou Island Lighthouse, Keweenaw Land Trust ($8,716) 
The Keweenaw Land Trust owns the Manitou Island Light Station. Because of its remote location, docks are needed to get materials to the lighthouse for the ongoing rehabilitation project. The 2009 grant, the lighthouse's third, will help pay for materials to stabilize the historic dock, located three-quarters of a mile from the lighthouse; clearing of a foot trail between the dock and the lighthouse; and purchase and installation of a portable dock that can be anchored to the existing pilings of a former dock once located near the lighthouse.

In March 2008, $215,800 was awarded to the following lighthouse preservation organizations:

Charlevoix South Pier Lighthouse, Charlevoix Historical Society ($39,800) 
Phase II of the rehabilitation of the exterior will include rust removal and paint preparation work, including lead paint abatement and repainting.  This is the third MLAP grant for this lighthouse.
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DeTour Reef Light Station, DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society ($20,000) 
The DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society has received $105,000 in Michigan Lighthouse Assistance grants in five previous awards.  The society has already completed a major rehabilitation of the lighthouse. This project will rehabilitate the diaphone foghorn system, including the procurement of tanks, valves, non-functional diaphone, housing and piping and a compressor.

Grand Traverse Light Station, Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum ($40,000) 
The Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum will use its third MLAP grant to replace windows in the lighthouse and fog signal building with historically correct wood windows.

Cheboygan River Front Range Light, Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association ($21,000) 
The GLLKA will use this second MLAP grant to reinforce the deteriorated timber frame, repair damaged windowsill at lantern, and restore the lantern room exterior and the walkway surface of the observation deck.

Old Mission Point Lighthouse, Peninsula Township ($9,000) 
Peninsula Township will use the grant funds to repair the lighthouse fascia and soffit, reroof and paint the catwalk, and pay for scaffolding rental.

Ontonagon Harbor Lighthouse, Ontonagon County Historical Society ($40,000) 
MLAP grants funded a Historic Structures Report in 2000, and plans and specifications in 2006. The 2008 grant will be used to perform masonry repairs on the Keeper's Dwelling, Privy and Oil House as specified in the previous projects.

Sand Point Lighthouse, Delta County Historical Society ($6,000) 
The Delta County Historical Society will hire an architect to prepare plans and specifications for directing water away from the masonry base and walls of the lighthouse in addition to partially rebuilding and repainting the chimney.

Whitefish Point Light Tower, Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society ( $40,000) 
This project will include stripping the paint from the light tower, doing lead paint abatement, and priming and painting the tower.

In December 2006, $233,300 was awarded to the following lighthouses:

Charlevoix South Pier Lighthouse, Charlevoix Historical Society ($34,000) 
With its second MLAP grant, the Charlevoix Historical Society will address moisture problems by repairing the roof, windows and doors; add drainage holes; replace two windows; install louvered grates in the floor; install metal flashing where needed; and repair warping steel plate skin on the exterior.

DeTour Reef Light Station, DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society ($30,000)
The DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society has received $75,000 in Michigan Lighthouse Assistance grants in four previous awards.  The society has already completed a major rehabilitation of the lighthouse and will, with the 2007 grant, replace a second "twin" deck crane.

Grand Traverse Light Station, Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum ($40,000)
The Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum will use the grant funds to waterproof the lighthouse's stone foundation; add a stone maintenance strip around the foundation; repair/replace rotting floor joists; waterproof the crawl space under the lighthouse keeper's kitchen; insulate pipes in the basement; replace the septic system and drain field; and replace the sidewalks that will be removed for the project. This is the museum's second MLAP grant.

Grosse Ile North Channel Front Range Light, Township of Grosse Ile ($27,900)
Grant funds will be used to remove and replace the copper upper deck and railing on the lighthouse tower; scrape and paint the tower; and replace glass in the lantern room.

Gull Rock Light Station, Gull Rock Lightkeepers ($40,000)
The Gull Rock Lightkeepers received a $6,700 grant in 2006 for plans and specifications for a roof replacement and patching.  The 2007 funds will be used to pay for a new roof on the lighthouse and detached outhouse. This is the lightkeepers' second MLAP grant.

Manitou Island Light Station, Keweenaw Land Trust, Inc. ($3,400) 
Grant funds will pay for repair and replacement of security panels on the Fog Signal Building windows.  The land trust received a $10,400 award in 2004.

Point Betsie Light Station, County of Benzie ($40,000) 
This will be the fifth grant awarded to Benzie County for the rehabilitation of the Point Betsie Light Station. The $40,000 grant will pay for interior work in the lighthouse building.  Previous awards have funded exterior work on the out buildings and plans and specifications for the interior restoration. With this grant the county's MLAP grant awards total $152,400.

South Haven South Pier Light Station, Michigan Maritime Museum ($18,000)
Grant funds will pay for a roof replacement and new downspouts on the keeper's dwelling.  This is the museum's second MLAP grant award. 

In November 2005, $105,392 was awarded to the following lighthouse organizations:

Beaver Island St. James Light Tower, St. James Township ($16,000)

Fort Gratiot Light Station, Port Huron Museum of Arts and History ($40,000)

Gull Rock Lighthouse, Gull Rock Lightkeepers ($6,700)

Ontonagon Lighthouse, Ontonagon County Historical Society ($6,325)

Point Betsie Light Station, Benzie County ($36,367)

In May 2005, $126,600 was awarded to the following lighthouses:

Beaver Island Light Station, Traverse Bay Intermediate School District ($23,000)

Cheboygan River Front Range Light, Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association ($14,000)

DeTour Reef Light, DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society ($4,200)

Manitou Island Light Station, Keweenaw Land Trust, Inc. ($10,400)

Point Betsie Light Station, Benzie County ($20,000)

Thunder Bay Light Station Keeper's Quarters, Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society ($30,000)

Whitefish Point Fog Signal Building, Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society ($25,000)

In May 2004, $118,870 was awarded to the following lighthouses:

DeTour Reef Light, DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society ($32,387)

Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, Keweenaw County Historic Society ($9,950)

Point Betsie Light Station, Benzie County ($36,033)

Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse, Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse Society ($30,900)

White River Light Station, Fruitland Township ($9,600)

In May 2003, $65,780 was awarded to the following lighthouses:

Sand Point Lighthouse, Delta County Historical Society ($27,000)

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Mackinac Island State Park Commission ($23,000)

Beaver Island Lighthouse, St. James Township ($5,000)

Charlevoix South Pier Light, Charlevoix Historical Society ($10,780)

In May 2002, $114,400 was awarded to the following lighthouses:

Whitefish Point Fog Signal Building, Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society ($20,000)

Grand Traverse Lighthouse, Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum ($20,000)

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Mackinac Island State Park Commission ($20,000)

South Channel Lights, Save Our South Channel Lights, Inc. ($20,000)

Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, Keweenaw County Historical Society ($11,400)

South Haven South Pier Light, Michigan Maritime Museum ($15,000)

Harbor Beach Lighthouse, City of Harbor Beach ($8,000)

In February 2001, $115,000 was awarded to the following lighthouses:

Saint Helena Lighthouse, Great Lake Lighthouse Museum ($20,000)

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Mackinac State Historic Park ($20,000)

DeTour Reef Lighthouse, DeTour Reef Light Association ($20,000)

Crisp Point Lighthouse, Luce County EDC ($10,000)

Tawas Point Lighthouse, Michigan Department of Natural Resources ($20,000)

Point Betsie Lighthouse, Benzie County ($20,000)

In February 2000, $110,000 was awarded to the following lighthouses:

Beaver Head Light Station ($10,000)

De Tour Reef Light Station ($20,000)

Eagle Harbor Light Station ($5,000)

Huron Island Light Station ($7,500)

Old Mackinac Point Light Station ($20,000)

Ontonagon Light Station ($13,500)

Port Austin Reef Light Station ($14,000)

Sand Point Light Station ($4,000)

Seul Choix Pointe Light Station ($10,000) 

White River Light Station ($6,000)