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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
Preserving History Through Newspaper Digitization: The Catholic Globe The Catholic Globe, Diocese of Sioux City Sioux City Woodbury 2019 $10,937.00
Loemker Lantern Slide Show Loras College, Center for Dubuque History Dubuque Dubuque 2015 $10,970.00
Stabalization of the Secrest 1883 Octagonal Barn Richard Tyler Iowa City Johnson 2019 $11,005.00
Wallace House Front Porch Repairs The Wallace Centers of Iowa Des Moines Polk $11,490.00
Nomination of Four Properties in Rural Henry County to the National Register of Historic Places Henry County Historic Preservation Commission Salem Henry 2015 $11,600.00
Donald Young Collection / Rural School Records Preservation Henry County Heritage Trust, Inc. Mount Pleasant Henry 2016 $11,627.00
Preserving the Fairmount Cemetery Crematorium: A Piece of American and Iowa History Fairmount Cemetery Association Davenport Scott 2014 $11,637.00
Rediscovering the Weeks Legacy Salisbury House Foundation Des Moines Polk 2013 $11,900.00
Nomination of West Liberty Fairgrounds to the NRHP Muscatine County Historic Preservation Commission West Liberty Muscatine 2015 $12,000.00
Preservation of the John Palmquist Archaeological Collection from Southwest Iowa University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist Iowa City Johnson 2019 $12,259.00
Teaching Iowa History Iowa Museum Association Cedar Falls Black Hawk 2019 $12,500.00
Land Between the Waters: The History of Nahant Marsh and Rockingham Township Nahant Marsh Education Center Davenport Scott 2016 $12,500.00
Nomination of Fairport Fish Hatchery Historic District to NRHP Muscatine County Historic Preservation Commission Muscatine Muscatine 2022 $12,620.00
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
The Rural School Collections at UNI-CHRIEC: Phase III - Preservation and Conservation University of Northern Iowa - Center for the History of Rural Iowa Education and Culture Cedar Falls Black Hawk 2015 $13,417.00
Preservation of Buena Vista University Historic Documents Buena Vista University Library Storm Lake Buena Vista 2014 $13,676.00
Preservation Microfilming and Digitization of the Boone News Republican Ericson Public Library Boone Boone 2023 $13,730.00
Iowa Cultural Collections Emergency Response Team Establishment and Training Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium Iowa City Johnson 2014 $13,750.00
Creating a New Exhibit about Northwest Iowa Archaeology Tiel Sanford Memorial Fund Cherokee Cherokee 2020 $13,861.00
Optimizing Collections Data Accessibility Through the Implementation of Collective Access Software Luther College Anthropology Lab Decorah Winneshiek 2013 $13,920.00