IntroductionThe 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.
Applicant EligibilityApplicants 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.
Project EligibilityFor the 2023 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 grant program is 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 and design; health and safety; universal accessibility.
History and Archeology: oral history; research and reference; survey and documentation.
Interpretation and Education: alternative media; exhibit; education programs; interpretive planning; publications; tours and 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 $125,000 is expected to be available for the 2023 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 a template for such signage, will be provided by park staff. Acknowledgement signs must remain visibly displayed for the duration of the project.
Grant funds are expected to be available to successful applicants by June 1, 2023. Projects are to be completed by December 31, 2024, and reported on by February 7, 2025.
Complete Eligibility Requirements
SubmissionApplications may be submitted in person or by mail to park headquarters by close of business on Friday, March 31, 2023. Address applications to:
Keweenaw National Historical Park
Keweenaw Heritage Grants – 2023
25970 Red Jacket Road
Calumet, MI 49913
Review and AwardApplications will be reviewed by a panel of NPS staff and Advisory Commission members. Notifications of awards will be made by Friday, May 5, 2023. Projects will be selected for funding based on the content of the application, available funds, and a desire to balance grant awards by type and location.
Contact Information and Questions
For further information, contact Advisory Commission Executive Director Sean Gohman at 906-483-3040.
Last updated: January 12, 2024