Advocacy Alert

The House and Senate are in recess for the summer months. They will have a limited calendar for the remainder of the year. This will make movement of legislation such as HB 5232 much more difficult. We have learned that interest may be waning by those originally pushing the bill. This is positive news and we are thrilled that opposition efforts have had such a tremendous impact! We thank you for your outstanding support over the past several months. MHPN continues to keep a close eye on any mention of HB 5232 being referred into another committee and the possibility of lame duck vote.

Michigan Preservation Fund

The Michigan Preservation Fund Grant – Deadline June 1, 2012
Part of the National Trust Preservation Fund

The Michigan Preservation Fund grants are intended to encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects. These grants help stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain the technical expertise needed for particular projects, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, and encourage financial participation by the private sector.

Please note that grants from the Michigan Preservation Fund are only awarded for planning activities and education efforts focused on preservation. The costs associated with actual restoration of a structure would not be fundable. Examples of eligible types of projects would include hiring a consultant, preparing a preservation plan, developing preservation related programming, etc.

Eligible applicants for the Michigan Preservation Fund are limited to nonprofit organizations and public agencies that are members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation at either the Forum or Main Street levels. Grants generally start at $500 and range up to $2,500. Applications are accepted three times annually-February 1, June 1, and October 1. The review process is generally completed within eight weeks of the application deadline, and applicants are notified via email once the review process is complete.

The Michigan Preservation Fund uses the National Trust Preservation Funds application form, which is accessible through the National Trust’s online grants system. A link to that system can be found after reading through the grant guidelines.

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