Three historic lighthouses awarded $113,333 in Michigan preservation grants

Three historic lighthouses in need of assessment and repair will receive Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program (MLAP) grants from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) at Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to keep them shining bright on our coasts.

“The lighthouses that dot Michigan’s vast coastlines and stand tall offshore are vulnerable to the elements and require upkeep,” said MSHDA Executive Director Earl Poleski. “SHPO’s lighthouse preservation grants help lighthouse stewards protect and preserve these beacons for all of us.”

Funding for this program comes from the sale of specialty Save Our Lights license plates available at all Secretary of State branch offices. To date, SHPO has awarded more than $2.2 million to help rehabilitate and preserve lighthouses for tourists and residents alike to explore and appreciate.

The 2019 MLAP grant recipients are:

  • North Manitou Light Keepers, Inc. – $40,000 for the North Manitou Shoal Light
  • Township of Grosse Ile – $40,000 for the Grosse Ile Light
  • Keweenaw County Historical Society – $33,333 for the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse

Awardees are chosen annually through a competitive application process. Grant recipients are required to contribute 50 percent of the grant amount as matching funds.

Andrea Lee