Certified Local Governments (CLGs) are partners with the federal government and the State Historic Preservation Office at the local level. CLGs promote preservation at the grass roots level and reflect best preservation practices through technical assistance and grant opportunities.
Historic Preservation Tax Credit Programs
Forms, instructions, and other guidance for the federal and new state historic preservation tax credit programs. Learn more about each program here.
Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program
The Lighthouse Assistance Program promotes and supports the preservation of Michigan Lighthouses and Michigan's coastal maritime heritage through awareness and grants.
Resilient Lakeshore Heritage Grants
Made possible by a grant from the National Park Service, the Lakeshore Heritage Grant provides funding for rehab of historic properties in select rural lakeshore communities.
Project Review & Compliance
Documenting, protecting and interpreting over 14,000 years of heritage, on land and underwater.
Cultural Resource Management and Planning
Documents, forms, guidance and instructions relating to the Section 106/Environmental Review process.
Historic Designation & Survey
Historic Resource Survey Program
Surveys of architecture, archaeology and other historic resources support the identification and protection of Michigan's cultural heritage.
Local Historic Districts
Local historic district designation provides legal protection to historic resources by requiring that proposed work to a property in the district be reviewed by a Historic District Commission using national standards.
National Register of Historic Places
The National Register is the official list of the Nation's historic buildings, structures, objects, and archaeological sites worthy of preservation. This page contains documents, forms, guidance, and instructions for nominating a site to the National Register in Michigan.
National Historic Landmarks
National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. Explore Michigan's 44 designated NHL sites here.
Success Stories & Projects
Telling Michigan's Full Story
An key SHPO initiative to better recognize and document the history of the state’s underrepresented communities, grow the number of diverse nominations submitted to the National Register of Historic Places, and connect individuals, non-profits, and local groups with preservation incentives and resources.
Governor's Awards for Historic Preservation
The annual Governor's Awards recognize outstanding historic preservation achievements reflecting a commitment to the preservation of Michigan’s neighborhoods, downtowns, and countryside, the state’s unique character, and the preservation of cultural resources that document Michigan’s past.
Preservation Case Studies
Preservation Case Studies and examples of successful historic preservation projects from across Michigan.
A signature SHPO documentation and interpretation project that studies Michigan's legacy of Modernism and Modern-inspired design in the mid-20th Century.