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Historical Resource Development Program

Apply for grant funding to help preserve, conserve, interpret, enhance, and educate the public about Iowa’s historical assets. The Historical Resource Development Program provides funding for documentary collections, historic preservation and museums. 


  • Who: Nonprofits, Governments, Tribes, Individuals, Forprofits
  • What: Up to $50,000 with a required match.  Match ratios vary.
  • When: Applications due May 1, 2023 for projects taking place July 1, 2023 - November 30, 2025

How to Apply

Historical Resource Development Program Annual Grant Cycle

Applications are now being accepted for the Historical Resource Development Program. Applicants can access the guidelines and scoring rubrics online:

  1. Read the General Guidelines and category instructions:
  2. Read the scoring rubric by category:
  3. Complete the application

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.

Emergency Historical Resource Development Program
Applications are not currently being accepted for the Emergency Historical Resource Development Program. Funds are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will reopen in July 2022. 

  1. Read the HRDP General Guidelines and appropriate category instructions
  2. Read the HRDP Emergency Guidelines
  3. Complete the application

Manage Your Grant

Reporting Forms

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


Download the State Historical Society of Iowa logo to use on materials promoting your project.

Promotional Information 

Send images and event details when grant funded project activity is happening. The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is dedicated to communicating the impact and value of your project activity through various communication platforms and networks.

Field Services

Learn more about the Field Services program.

Grant Awards History

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Project Title Applicant City County Fiscal year Grant Amount Sort descending
BoatWorks Dubuque County Historical Society Dubuque Dubuque 2016 $36,817.00
Milwaukee Railroad Shops Historic District: Repurposing Roundhouse for Exhibits Siouxland Historical Railroad Association Sioux City Woodbury 2015 $38,400.00
Iowa Canning Company Stabilization and Roof Repair Joseph M. Schott Vinton Benton 2013 $38,500.00
Preserving the Farmhouse at the Garst Farmstead Historic District Whiterock Conservancy Coon Rapids Guthrie 2018 $39,122.00
Restoration of Historic Windows in the German American Museum and Library St. Lucas Historical Society St. Lucas Fayette 2019 $39,300.00
Preservation of Iowa's Archaeological Photographs: Phase II Office of the State Archaeologist, University of Iowa Iowa City Johnson 2013 $39,776.00
Improving Storage of Sanford Museum's Archaeological and Paleontological Collections Sanford Museum and Planetarium Cherokee Cherokee 2014 $40,000.00
Starker-Leopold House and Grounds Purchase Leopold Landscape Alliance Burlington Des Moines 2019 $40,000.00
South Entry Terrace Retaining Wall First United Methodist Church Des Moines Polk 2014 $40,000.00
Calkins Nature Area Museum Displays Hardin County Conservation Iowa Falls Hardin 2017 $40,000.00
Henry A. Wallace Birthplace Farm: Farmhouse Renovation The Wallace Centers of Iowa Orient Adair 2021 $41,055.00
Benton County Historical Society Re-Roofing of the Vinton Depot and Rail Museum Vinton Benton 2020 $42,085.00
Preservation of 1918 City Hall, Fire Station and Auditorium Big Sioux River Valley Historical Society Hawarden Sioux 2015 $42,303.00
Union Block Preservation (Mount Pleasant, Iowa) Main Street Mount Pleasant Mount Pleasant Henry 2015 $42,303.00
Johnson County Poor Farm Barn Restoration Johnson County Iowa City Johnson 2016 $42,500.00
Amana Millrace Restoration Amana Colonies Historical Sites Foundation Amana Iowa 2015 $43,000.00
Appraising and Consolidating Archival Collections Museum of Danish America Elk Horn Shelby 2018 $43,000.00
Archival Processing Project Dubuque County Historical Society Dubuque Dubuque 2018 $43,248.00
Keokuk Union Depot Apex Project Keokuk Union Depot Foundation Keokuk Lee 2017 $43,400.00
Graceland Cemetery Chapel Preservation Project Newtown-Avoca Historical Society Avoca Pottawattamie 2018 $43,816.00