SHPO Announces Lighthouse Preservation Grants

LANSING, Mich. — The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), part of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), announced this year’s recipients of Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program (MLAP) grants.

The grants are funded through the sale of “Save Our Lights” specialty license plates through the Secretary of State.

Recipient projects are chosen through an annual competitive application process. Grantees also must contribute 50 percent of the award amount as matching dollars to the project.

Light stations supported through the MLAP can be offshore crib lights or complexes of buildings on land.

“Lighthouses are synonymous with Michigan’s lakeshores,” said MSHDA Executive Director Scott Woosley. “Our transportation, commerce and recreation history are tied to these beautiful and important structures. We are pleased to announce that we will support the preservation of five lighthouses this year.”

The 2014 recipients:

  • Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, $28,000 for the Cheboygan River Front Range Light. The project includes the repointing and repairing of foundation walls both above and below grade, and rehabilitating the brick porch piers.
  • Keweenaw Land Trust, $19,970 for the Manitou Island Light Station. The project will stabilize and rehabilitate the 96-foot-long Manitou Island wooden dock structure and crib that extends into Lake Superior.
  • City of Menominee, $20,000 for the Menominee North Pier Light Station. The city will hire a consultant to prepare a historic structures report for the light station.
  • Huron County, $26,633 for the Pointe Aux Barques Light Station. The project includes window and door rehabilitation at the lighthouse.
  • Port Austin Reef Light Association, $40,000 for the Port Austin Reef Light Station. The project includes the purchase and installation of sheet piling necessary to protect and rebuild the outside perimeter of the dock.

“Since 2000, the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program has awarded nearly $2 million in grants for the preservation of lighthouses,” said State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Conway. “In addition to materials and labor, the logistics involved in lighthouse preservation—the hauling of equipment and supplies to remote locations—can be costly. We applaud the commitment of the stewards who take on these projects, and we appreciate the generosity of lighthouse enthusiasts who support lighthouse preservation by purchasing a specialty license plate.”

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is financed in part by a grant from the National Park Service, Department of Interior. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of the Interior. The Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on its federally funded assistance programs. If you believe you’ve been discriminated against please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C. St. NW, Washington DC 20240.

The State Historic Preservation Office is part of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), which provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve decent, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents and to engage in community economic development activities to revitalize urban and rural communities.

*MSHDA’s loans and operating expenses are financed through the sale of tax-exempt and taxable bonds as well as notes to private investors, not from state tax revenues. Proceeds are loaned at below-market interest rates to developers of rental housing, and help fund mortgages and home improvement loans. MSHDA also administers several federal housing programs. For more information, visit

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