Historic Preservation

This section provides information on preservation planning, grants, and tax credits.  Some of the various resources include identifying, registering, protecting, and rehabilitating properties listed in - or that may be eligible for - the National Register of Historic Places.  Funding is available in economically depressed areas. 

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State of Michigan

Federal Tax Credits for Historic Properties

Federal & state tax incentives are available for owners of National Register-listed income-producing properties who rehabilitate their properties. The projects must be certified by the National Park Service, in consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). For more information, visit:

https://www.michigan.gov/mshda/0,4641,7-141-54317_19320_62001-54162--,00.html or call 517.373.1630 or email [email protected].

Historic Preservation Grant Program

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 provides federal government funds for projects designed to identify, assess, designate and protect districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects significant in the history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture of the United States. The funds, received annually from the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior, are administered by Michigan's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Michigan Historical Center.

The Historic Preservation Fund is the source of a 60-40 matching grant-in-aid program. The federal funds provided through the grant must be matched by the grant recipient with private funds, local government funds, in-kind services, state funds, certain federal funds (limitations apply), donated services and/or donated equipment or material.

The following three projects--an archaeological survey, a public education project and a planning document--are among the many types of projects that have been supported with the Historic Preservation Fund.

  • An intensive archaeological survey of twenty acres was conducted in Gratiot County to determine the boundaries of the Shin-gwah-koos-king settlement. Floral and faunal samples were analyzed and a National Register nomination was written.
  • A videotape and brochure were produced in Holland, Michigan, to guide both visitors and residents through the city's many structures. From the Flemish gables of the Hope Reformed Church to the Italianate Cappon House to the sandstone of the Clock Tower, the features of historic Holland are captured visually and descriptively.
  • In Saginaw a Rehabilitation Master Plan was prepared for the Hoyt Public Library--a building heavily used and extensively modified during its century-long history. The final plan prioritized construction and restoration work, recommended spatial relationships and provided estimates of the cost of the work.

For information about any SHPO programs, contact us by telephone at 517-373-1979, or via email at [email protected]