LANSING | Village officials have applied to a nonprofit organization interested in historic preservation for funding to restore the Ford Hangar at Lansing Municipal Airport.
Village Trustee Mikal Stole said Tuesday the grant to the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois was submitted in hopes of gaining money to maintain the hangar that dates to 1926.
The council has a Preservation Heritage Fund grant program, and the deadline for the upcoming round of grants was May 15. Money is given to governments or nonprofit organizations that have specific projects to work on.
The council’s grants range from $500 to $2,500, and council officials say they require a matching basis for their grants. The match can be either a direct dollar amount, or use of volunteer labor or services to equal the grant’s value, according to the council’s website.
Stole said he did not know much about the specifics of the proposed restoration, but said that money could be used either for repairs to the structure’s roof or its sliding doors. Village President Norm Abbott said officials would like to raise up to $50,000 for these projects.
Village officials hope to learn this summer whether their project qualifies for this round of grants. If it doesn’t, the next application deadline is Aug. 15.
The hangar was built by Ford Motor Co. at a time when the automaker shipped parts between its Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit plants via its own private aircraft. The structure is now a part of the National Register of Historic Places.
The village now owns the airport and is working with the Lansing Historical Society and the Ford Hangar Foundation to raise money for restoration projects.