The Keweenaw NHP Advisory Commission is offering Keweenaw Heritage Grant opportunities to owners and operators of historic properties and providers of history programs in support of projects that further the preservation and interpretation of the story of copper on the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Applicants must be a designated Keweenaw Heritage Site, a non-profit organization, a local or regional government, an academic institution, or a federally recognized Indian tribe. As a reminder, prior Heritage Grant recipients must submit project completion reports in order to be eligible to apply.
For the 2019 grant program, the proposed project or program 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 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; structure stabilization; façade improvements; landscape preservation; planning & design; health & safety; universal accessibility.
History/Archeology: oral history; research and reference; survey & documentation.
Interpretation and Education: alternative media; exhibits; education programs; interpretive planning; publications; tours/guided programs; training; lesson plans.
Museum Collections: archival preservation; artifact care and cataloging; housekeeping; photograph digitization.
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 Keweenaw Heritage Site organizations for their highest priority application.
The minimum grant request is $1,000 and the maximum grant request is $15,000. Up to $135,000 is expected to be available for the 2019 Keweenaw Heritage Grants program.
All construction and landscape projects are required to display a sign acknowledging the Keweenaw Heritage Grant program as a funding source. An actual sign, or 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, 2020. Grant funds are expected to be available to successful applicants by June 1, 2019.
Complete Eligibility Requirements
- Applicants must be a designated Keweenaw Heritage Site, a non-profit organization, a local or regional government, an academic institution, or a federally recognized Indian tribe.
- 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).
- 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 brief written report at the completion of their project.
Applications may be submitted in person or by mail to park headquarters by close of business on Friday, April 5, 2019. Address applications to:
Keweenaw National Historical Park
Keweenaw Heritage Grants – 2019
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, 2019.
Projects will be selected for funding based on the content of the application, available funds, and a balance of projects by type and location.
Contact Information and Questions
ALL applicants are strongly encouraged to contact
Scott See or Jo Holt prior to developing an application
to facilitate consultation with NPS staff.