The National Trust for Historic Preservation is now accepting applications for several matching grant programs available for projects in Michigan. Public agencies and non-profit organizations are eligible for these funds which are for planning grants only. The deadline for applicaiton is February 1. Below you'll find the various funds that are availble with links to further information and the applcation.
The Michigan Preservation Fund enables preservationists in Michigan to rescue historic resources in jeopardy and empowers local communities to plan and utilize their historic resources. Typical uses include professional services that can demonstrate the viability of the site, including architectural, engineering, feasibility, and fundraising studies. Grants Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000 and must be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis. The Michigan Preservation Fund uses the Preservation Funds application, available from the National Trust website.
The Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 for projects that contribute to the preservation or the recapture of an authentic sense of place. . The Johanna Favrot Fund application is available from the National Trust website.
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies matching grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to assist in the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of historic interiors. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors application is available from the National Trust website.
The Hart Family Fund for Small Towns assists small town preservation and revitalization initiatives around the country, with a focus on towns with populations of 5,000 or less. This fund provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies matching grants from $5,000 - $10,000 for preservation planning and education efforts. The Hart Family Fund uses the Preservation Funds application, available from the National Trust website.
The Jeffris Heartland Fund was established by the Jeffris Family Foundation to support the development of important historic preservation projects in the states of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Ohio. The fund makes grants in the range of $5,000 to $50,000 for Historic Structure Reports and other advanced planning studies. Funds must be matched dollar-for-dollar with cash from sources unrelated to the National Trust and the Jeffris Family Foundation. Established 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations or government agencies in partnership with a 501(c)(3) organization are eligible to apply. Visit this site to find more information on the Jeffris Heartland Fund and to see examples of funded projects. Please see the Jeffris Heartland Fund Criteria for Project Selection for more details on eligibility requirements. The Jeffris Heartland Fund application is available from the National Trust website.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail.