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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 Sort descending City County Fiscal year Grant Amount
Historic Clinton Newspaper Digitization Project Clinton Public Library Clinton Clinton 2015 $6,305.00
Colfax Historical Society, Inc - Phase 1 - Museum Interpretive Area – Coal Mining Colfax Historical Society, Inc. Colfax Jasper 2013 $5,315.00
National Register of Historic Places Colfax "Spring City" Commercial Historic District Colfax Main Street Colfax Jasper 2018 $6,460.00
King Chapel Seth Thomas Tower Clock Preservation and Restoration Project Cornell College Mount Vernon Linn 2017 $50,000.00
King Memorial Chapel Clock Tower Repair and Clock Re-Facing Cornell College Mount Vernon Linn 2016 $50,000.00
Preservation & Digitization of Cornellian Student Newspaper and Yearbooks Cornell College Mount Vernon Linn 2016 $2,910.00
Correctionville Newspaper Digitization Project Correctionville Public Library Correctionville Woodbury 2020 $4,000.00
Bregant House to the National Register of Historic Places Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Alliance Council Bluffs Pottawattamie 2013 $1,557.00
Creston Restored Depot Awnings Creston Historic Preservation Commission Creston Union 2021 $3,616.00
Hamburg Historic District National Register Nomination Update Davenport Historic Preservation Commission (City of Davenport) Davenport Scott 2015 $15,895.00
National Register of Historic Places Nomination: The Decorah Commercial Historic District Decorah Historic Preservation Commission Decorah Winneshiek 2016 $25,000.00
Zion Schoolhouse Roof Replacement and Eaves Repair Des Moines County Conservation Foundation West Burlington Des Moines 2023 $5,000.00
1873 Bird's Eye View of Burlington by Augustus Koch Conservation and Imaging Des Moines County Historical Society Burlington Des Moines 2021 $2,962.00
Restoration of the Slate Roof and Copper Gutters of the Heritage Center Museum Des Moines County Historical Society Burlington Des Moines 2016 $10,000.00
Waveland Trolley Loop Project Des Moines Historical Society Des Moines Polk 2022 $7,500.00
The Dordt College Archives: Improving Organization and Access Dordt College Archives, John and Louise Hulst Library, Dordt College Sioux Center Sioux 2015 $927.00
A People's History Website Drake University Des Moines 2022 $36,000.00
Preservation and Archiving of Dubuque YMCA/YWCA Historical Documents and Items Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA Dubuque Dubuque 2017 $920.00
Restoration and Preservation of 2nd Deck of Steamboat William M. Black, Phase 2 Dubuque County Historical Society Dubuque Dubuque 2017 $48,500.00
19th Century Belt-driven Machine Shop Interpretatio Dubuque County Historical Society Dubuque Dubuque 2021 $43,817.00