Grants to focus on Keweenaw maritime history



CALUMET TOWNSHIP – Most Copper Country residents are aware of the mining heritage of the area, but there is also a maritime history, and that is the subject for a grant program to be administered by the National Park Service.

Brian Hoduski, chief of museum and archival services at the Keweenaw National Historical Park, said the $1.7 million Maritime Heritage Grant Program will be a partnership between the NPS and the United States Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration. The grants will be for education and preservation projects.

According to the NPS website (, the grant period is from June 23 to Sept. 23.

“Education projects can request $25,000 to $50,000 and preservation projects can request $50,000 to $200,000,” Huduski said. Funding for Maritime Heritage Grants is competitive. Project grants are administered through the Maritime Heritage Program and State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs). Application forms for all projects are available on”

Hoduski said the Maritime Heritage grants are for state or local governments or non-profit organizations.

“Keweenaw County does have a considerable maritime heritage,” he said.

Ontonagon County has a light house, a history of commercial fishing and a museum which may qualify, also, Hoduski said.

The Michigan Technological University archives may be eligible to apply for the grant, also, Hoduski said.

“It also applies to archival material,” he said.

Hoduski said collections which will be considered for a Maritime Heritage grant consist of objects, documents and archeological resources related to maritime heritage. More detailed descriptions of eligibility can be found at the NPS website above.

Businesses are not eligible for the grant unless they are somehow partnered with a non-profit organization, Hoduski said.