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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 Sort descending Grant Amount
Wallace House Front Porch Repairs The Wallace Centers of Iowa Des Moines Polk $11,490.00
The A.D. McQuilkin Building Restoration Rich-Woods, Inc. Fort Dodge Webster 2013 $46,000.00
Stromstein Building Rehabilitation Worth County Historical Society Northwood Worth 2013 $50,000.00
Digitalization of Yearbooks Mellinger Memorial Library Morning Sun Louisa 2013 $800.00
Preparation of National Historic Landmark nomination of the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa North Iowa Cultural Center & Museum (Surf Ballroom & Museum) Clear Lake Cerro Gordo 2013 $12,895.00
Organizing and Preserving Historical Documentation of Kossuth County Kossuth County Historical Society Algona Kossuth 2013 $5,000.00
Bregant House to the National Register of Historic Places Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Alliance Council Bluffs Pottawattamie 2013 $1,557.00
Accessing Iowa’s African American Legacy African American Heritage Foundation, Inc. Cedar Rapids Linn 2013 $9,500.00
Optimizing Collections Data Accessibility Through the Implementation of Collective Access Software Luther College Anthropology Lab Decorah Winneshiek 2013 $13,920.00
Preservation of Iowa's Archaeological Photographs: Phase II Office of the State Archaeologist, University of Iowa Iowa City Johnson 2013 $39,776.00
Bil Baird Conservation Project Phase 2 Charles H. MacNider Museum Mason City Cerro Gordo 2013 $6,522.00
Storage Upgrade of Architectural Drawings and Blueprints Linn County Historical Society Cedar Rapids Linn 2013 $5,850.00
Rediscovering the Weeks Legacy Salisbury House Foundation Des Moines Polk 2013 $11,900.00
Digitize 82 years of Belmond's local newspaper Belmond Chapter/Wright County Historical Society Belmond Wright 2013 $3,939.00
Restoration of Barhydt Chapel Stained Glass Window Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Inc. Fairfield Jefferson 2013 $25,000.00
Polk County Recorder's Office Vital Records Project Polk County Recorder's Office Des Moines Polk 2013 $14,533.00
Critical storage upgrade for the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History insect collection The University of Iowa Iowa City Johnson 2013 $14,305.00
Preserving and Increasing Access to the Collections of the Dubuque County Historical Society Dubuque County Historical Society Dubuque Dubuque 2013 $14,752.00
Rehabilitation of the Nishna Heritage Museum Oakland Historical Society Oakland Pottawattamie 2013 $14,665.00
Fred Maytag Bowl: Band Shell Repair and Renovation Project City of Newton Historic Preservation Commission Newton Jasper 2013 $25,000.00