Advocacy Alert

The Michigan legislature returns to session on September 7th. Upon their return, the legislature will enter what is commonly known as the “lame duck” session. House Bill 5232 and Senate Bill 720, the legislation which amends the local historic district act, can be voted on until session has ended for the year. We must remain vigilant by contacting your legislators indicating your continued opposition for the legislation. Please contact your legislators both in the House and Senate via email, phone or written note. You can find your legislators contact information by visiting and .

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.