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The Resilient Lakeshore Heritage Grant Program is a reimbursement grant program intended to support long-term investment in the irreplaceable heritage assets of Michigan’s rural lakeshore communities. The grant program is supported by funding from the Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program, administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Program funding is specifically for building rehabilitation (i.e., “bricks and mortar”) projects and associated pre-development (e.g., plans and specifications) work in select communities along the Great Lakes (see below). Local units of government, non-profits, public entities, business owners, and non-residential property owners in these communities are eligible to apply for funding.
The program places a particular focus on projects that positively contribute to the economic, social, and/or cultural life of Michigan's lakeshore communities and promote continued or new investment in historic properties. Projects that benefit underserved or disadvantaged communities (see map here) are also a priority. The minimum grant award is $30,000. The maximum grant award is $100,000. To stimulate local investment, grants require a minimum 10% match of the grant amount requested.
Questions about the program should be directed to Alan Higgins, CLG Coordinator, at higginsS3@michigan.gov.
Applications closed on September 1, 2022. No new applications are being accepted.
Eligible communities are those that:
As of June 1, 2022, applicants in the following communities are eligible for this program:
Any additional community that meets grant program requirements and becomes a participant in one of the above-referenced programs before the application due date also becomes an eligible community. Applicants in communities not listed above are encouraged to confirm program eligibility before submitting an application.
The following entities in the above-identified communities are eligible to apply for grant funding:
In all instances, properties must meet the following criteria:
Properties that are not currently listed in the National Register or identified as a contributing resource to a historic district must confirm their eligibility prior to submission of the grant application, and the property must be listed in the National Register by the end of the project. Costs associated with listing a property can be included in the grant request.
Grant funds are for rehabilitation of historic properties (i.e., “bricks and mortar” projects). Rehabilitation is defined as the act or process of making possible a compatible use for a property through repair, alterations, and additions while preserving those portions or features that convey its historical, cultural, or architectural values. Projects may include interior work, but all projects must include an exterior component.
Examples of qualified projects include but are not limited to:
SHPO held an informational webinar on June 22, 2022. You can watch a recording of the webinar below for an overview of the Lakeshore Heritage Grant program, including eligibility requirements, program basics, and the application and project selection process.
Use the button to the right to access the online application.
You'll also need the following documents: