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Keweenaw Heritage Grants - 2014


The Keweenaw NHP Advisory Commission is offering Keweenaw Heritage Grant opportunities to owners and operators of historic properties and providers of history programs broadly related to our copper-mining heritage. For the 2014 grant program, the proposed project or program must be located within the boundaries Keweenaw NHP; affiliated with an existing Keweenaw Heritage Site; or located at the Cliff Mine, along Torch Lake, or within the community of Painesdale.

The purpose of the grants will be to provide enhancement funds for a broad range of projects and programs including, but not limited to:

Historic Preservation: building maintenance, façade improvements, landscape preservation, planning & design, structure stabilization, universal accessibility

History/Archeology: national register, oral history, research, survey & documentation

Interpretation: alternative media, exhibits, interpretive planning, publications, tours/guided programs, training

Museum Collections: archival preservation, artifact care/cataloging, housekeeping, photograph digitization, research & reference

Organizational/Program Sustainability: organizational development, volunteer development, leadership development, board training, community engagement

Other preservation and heritage-related projects will also be considered. Grants cannot fund direct overhead expenses. Applicants may submit up to two (2) applications, which must be prioritized by the applicant. Greater consideration will be given to proposals that address accessibility, safety, and organizational sustainability; greater consideration will also be given to Keweenaw Heritage Site organizations for their highest priority application.

Grants will range between $1,000 and $15,000 (Up to $100,000 is expected to be available for the 2014 Keweenaw Heritage Grants program).

All construction and landscape projects are required to display a sign acknowledging all funding sources. A template for such signage will be provided by park staff. Acknowledgement signs must remain visibly displayed for the duration of the project.

Projects are to be completed by December 31, 2015. Grant funds will typically be available to successful applicants by June 1, 2014.


  • The property, program, or project must be located within the boundaries of Keweenaw NHP; affiliated with an existing Keweenaw Heritage Site; or located at the Cliff Mine, along Torch Lake, or within the community of Painesdale.
  • The property owner, operator, or organization must be able to provide a 1-to-1 match, with up to 100% of the match being in-kind (non-cash expenses that are directly related to the proposed project).
  • Applicants must be registered on Grants.gov.
  • Historic property preservation projects must comply with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • Grant recipients will be required to submit a one-page narrative report at the completion of their project.


Applications may be submitted in person or by mail to park headquarters by close of business on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Address applications to:

Keweenaw National Historical Park

Keweenaw Heritage Grants – 2014

25970 Red Jacket Road

Calumet, MI 49913

Review and Award

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of NPS staff and Advisory Commission members. Notifications of awards will be made by May 1, 2014.

NOTE: Projects will be selected for funding based on the answers submitted in the application, available funds, and a balance of projects by type and location.

Contact Information and Questions

For further information, contact Advisory Commission Executive Director Scott See at 906-483-3040 or by email at scott_see@partner.nps.gov.

ALL applicants are strongly encouraged to contact

Scott See prior to developing an application

to facilitate consultation with NPS preservation professionals.


  • Applications Due: April 1, 2014 - 5:00pm
  • Awards Announced: May 1, 2014
  • Funds Available: June 1, 2014
  • Project Completion Date: December 31, 2015 (no later than)

The 2013 Keweenaw Heritage Grants have been awarded as follows:

Adventure Mining Company - No. 3 Hoist House Repairs
Calumet Players - South Windows & Cornice Repair
Calumet Theatre - 1913 Michigan Copper Strike Play
Calumet Township - Interpretive Signs at Red Jacket Shaft
Calumet Township / St. Anne’s - Keweenaw Heritage Center Accessibility
Chassell Heritage Organization - AC/Dehumid. at Chassell Heritage Center
Friends of the Porkies - Facilitate Local School Group Field Trips
Houghton County Historical Soc. - Museum Furnace Replacement
Joanne Thomas (Coppertown) - Museum Exhibit: “Annie’s Legacy”
Keweenaw County Historical Soc. - 26’ USCG Surfboat Hull Restoration
Main Street Calumet - Sustainability of Revitalization Program
Michigan Historical Center - Fort Wilkins Phase III Archaeology
Michigan Technological Univ. - Cliff Mine Archaeology Field School
Michigan Technological Univ. - Oral History – Torch Lake Reclamation
Ontonagon County Historical Soc. - SHIP Interns
Quincy Mine Hoist Association - 1918 Hoist House Critical Stabilization
Village of Calumet / CCFHM - CC Firefighters History Mus. Collections
Quincy Smelter Association - Smelter Research, Tour Content, Signage

18 Grants Awarded


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