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Apply for up to $5,000 in grant funding to assist in the preservation and maintenance of a one-room or two-room country school in Iowa. In addition to preservation efforts, grant funds may be used for historical interpretation or educational activities relating to the school. Priority is given to projects that include an educational component.

  • Who: Nonprofits, Governments, Tribes, Individuals, Forprofits
  • What: Up to $5,000 with a required 1:1 match. 
  • When: Applications due May 1, 2023 for projects taking place July 1, 2023 - November 30, 2025

How to Apply

The Country School Grant Program is currently accepting applications. Applicants can access the guidelines and scoring rubric online.

If you would like to schedule a Google Meet or Zoom Meeting with the grants manager, please email her at to set up a meeting time.

Manage Your Grant


Access and complete your Final Report and Payment Form online when your grant project is completed.

Some projects may need to provide a status and budget report on an annual basis. Grantees will be notified of this additional reporting requirement, if applicable.


Please contact us for the most recent version of the State Historical Society of Iowa logo to use on materials promoting your project.

Promotional Information 

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Grant Awards History

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Project Title Sort descending Applicant City County Fiscal year Grant Amount
New Roof for Stanton Historical Society One-Room Country School Stanton Historical Society Stanton Montgomery 2013 $3,000.00
North Lee County Historical Society Grant Assistance in Restoration of Brush College Bell Tower Fort Madison Lee 2022 $3,250.00
One Room Schoolhouse Door and Window Replacement Grand Meadow Heritage Commission Washta Cherokee 2019 $5,000.00
Osborne Schoolhouse Interpretive Panels Clayton County Conservation Elkader Clayton 2020 $1,324.00
Owen No. 3 Roofing Project North Iowa Fair Association DBA North Iowa Events Center Mason City Cerro Gordo 2017 $5,000.00
Prairie Arts Historical Park-Baker Country School Renovation Project Prairie Arts Council Sheldon O'Brien 2018 $2,998.00
Puckerbrush Country School Floor Leveling Lucas County Historical Society Chariton Lucas 2014 $1,500.00
Red Bug School Restoration Cedar County Historical Society Tipton Cedar 2013 $1,385.00
Relocation of Fairview School Moravia Historical Society Moravia Appanoose 2017 $5,000.00
Restoration of Dover #4 One Room Counry School Friends of Dover #4 School - a subcommittee of Fayette County CLG West Union Fayette 2017 $1,000.00
Rona L. Wyant Maple Grove Schoolhouse: Improvements to the Foundation, Roof & Lights Marengo Iowa 2022 $2,936.00
Roosevelt No. 7 School Restoration Rolfe Enrichment Rolfe Pocahontas 2013 $4,000.00
School House Wood Floor Installation West Liberty Heritage Foundation West Liberty Muscatine 2018 $2,970.00