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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
The Douglas Mansion Historic Rehabilitation Project Linn County Historical Society Cedar Rapids Linn 2018 $46,144.00
Archival Processing Project Dubuque County Historical Society Dubuque Dubuque 2018 $43,248.00
Protection and Storage of Granger House Archival Material Granger House Victorian Museum Marion Linn 2018 $300.00
Exploring Iowa’s Historical Artifacts: Educational Video Series Iowa Public Television Johnston Polk 2018 $20,620.00
Archival Preservation at the Historic Squirrel Cage Jail Historical Society of Pottawattamie County Council Bluffs Pottawattamie 2018 $1,226.00
Dubuque County Historical Society: Collections Documentation Project Dubuque County Historical Society Dubuque Dubuque 2018 $26,028.00
Appraising and Consolidating Archival Collections Museum of Danish America Elk Horn Shelby 2018 $43,000.00
Starker-Leopold House and Grounds Purchase Leopold Landscape Alliance Burlington Des Moines 2019 $40,000.00
Microfilming and Preserving the Mount Pleasant News Mount Pleasant Public Library Mount Pleasant Henry 2019 $1,500.00
Nomination of the Fair Oaks Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places City of Muscatine Muscatine Muscatine 2019 $17,245.00
Ida County Newspaper Microfilm & Digitization Project Ida Grove Public Library Ida Grove Ida 2019 $6,152.00
Geophysical and Topographic Survey of the Capoli Effigy Mound Group Luther College Decorah Winneshiek 2019 $26,987.00
Collections Storage Renovation Living History Farms Urbandale Polk 2019 $50,000.00
Restoration of Historic Windows in the German American Museum and Library St. Lucas Historical Society St. Lucas Fayette 2019 $39,300.00
Restoring the Clayton County Courthouse Clock Tower Clayton County Elkader Clayton 2019 $50,000.00
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
Repairs to Woodlawn Cemetery Shelter and Gates City of Washington Historic Preservation Commission Washington Washington 2019 $26,983.00
Local Innovation Exhibit Dubuque County Historical Society Dubuque Dubuque 2019 $26,500.00
Mathias Ham House Conditions Assessment Dubuque County Historical Society Dubuque Dubuque 2019 $45,175.00
Waterloo, Cedar Falls & Northern Trolley # 381 Restoration Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Association Mount Pleasant Henry 2019 $32,800.00