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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 Sort descending Applicant City County Fiscal year Grant Amount
Preservation of the Reverend John Todd House Tabor Historical Society Tabor Fremont 2014 $50,000.00
Preserve and Provide Digital Access to Buena Vista University Campus Newspapers Buena Vista University Archives Storm Lake Buena Vista 2018 $10,411.00
Preserve and Provide Digital Access to the Glidden Graphic Newspaper Carroll County Genealogical Society Carroll 2020 $3,940.00
Preserving and digitizing the UI Museum of Natural History glass slide and negative collection The University of Iowa – Museum of Natural History Iowa City Johnson 2015 $4,302.00
Preserving and Increasing Access to the Collections of Ames Historical Society Ames Historical Society Ames Story 2018 $5,000.00
Preserving and Increasing Access to the Collections of the Dubuque County Historical Society Dubuque County Historical Society Dubuque Dubuque 2013 $14,752.00
Preserving and Restoring Sacred Heart Cathedral Sacred Heart Cathedral Davenport Scott 2017 $50,000.00
Preserving Historical Publications at Central College: Saving Newspapers and Yearbooks Central College Pella Marion 2015 $4,041.00
Preserving History Through Newspaper Digitization: The Catholic Globe The Catholic Globe, Diocese of Sioux City Sioux City Woodbury 2019 $10,937.00
Preserving Iowa's Jewish History Iowa Jewish Historical Society Waukee Dallas 2018 $25,000.00
Preserving Manning's Past Manning Historic Preservation Commission Manning Carroll 2021 $1,595.00
Preserving Seed History: Protecting first-person accounts of heirloom garden crops Seed Savers Exchange Decorah Winneshiek 2016 $7,437.00
Preserving the Fairmount Cemetery Crematorium: A Piece of American and Iowa History Fairmount Cemetery Association Davenport Scott 2014 $11,637.00
Preserving the Farmhouse at the Garst Farmstead Historic District Whiterock Conservancy Coon Rapids Guthrie 2018 $39,122.00
Preserving the Iowa Marine Engine & Launch Works Dubuque County Historical Society Dubuque Dubuque 2014 $15,793.00
Preston's Station Historic District Preston's Station Historic District Belle Plaine Benton 2020 $2,500.00
Processing and Preserving the Documentary Collection of Artist Marie Cook Cedar Falls Historical Society Cedar Falls Black Hawk 2015 $5,540.00
Processing the Danish Sisterhood of America Archival Collection Museum of Danish America Elk Horn Shelby 2020 $45,300.00
Protection and Storage of Granger House Archival Material Granger House Victorian Museum Marion Linn 2018 $300.00
RailWalk Heritage Education Trail - Milwaukee Railroad Shops Historic District Siouxland Historical Railroad Association Sioux City Woodbury 2017 $46,555.00