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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
York Comes to Life Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center Sioux City Woodbury 2022 $25,000.00
Jester Park Lithic and Historic Artifact Exhibit Polk County Conservation (PCC) Granger Polk 2022 $25,000.00
Digitization of Mount Pleasant Newspapers for Free Public Access, 1849-2019 Mount Pleasant Historic Preservation Commission Mount Pleasant Henry 2021 $25,456.00
Masonic Lodge Restoration Phase III Grant Community Preservationists Grant Montgomery 2015 $25,896.00
Dubuque County Historical Society: Collections Documentation Project Dubuque County Historical Society Dubuque Dubuque 2018 $26,028.00
Lemberger Collection Digitization Project University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls Black Hawk 2023 $26,383.00
Local Innovation Exhibit Dubuque County Historical Society Dubuque Dubuque 2019 $26,500.00
Phase I Intensive-Level Survey of Historic Black Business Sites in Davenport Friends of MLK, Inc. Davenport Scott 2023 $26,710.00
Repairs to Woodlawn Cemetery Shelter and Gates City of Washington Historic Preservation Commission Washington Washington 2019 $26,983.00
Geophysical and Topographic Survey of the Capoli Effigy Mound Group Luther College Decorah Winneshiek 2019 $26,987.00
Preservation & Digitization of Engineering Bachelors Theses from the Early 20th The University of Iowa Iowa City Johnson 2017 $27,253.00
What On Earth Renovation Science Center of Iowa Des Moines Polk 2017 $27,607.00
Digitization of the Darwin Turner Audio Collection The University of Iowa Libraries Iowa City Johnson 2020 $27,666.00
New Deal Mural Preservation- Mays Island Historic District, Cedar Rapids, IA City of Cedar Rapids, IA Cedar Rapids Linn 2015 $27,770.00
Restoration and Conservation of Historic Stained Glass Windows First Presbyterian Church, Davenport Iowa Davenport Scott 2022 $29,959.00
John Hiller Building South Section Wall Restoration Jamey Licandro Bettendorf Scott 2022 $30,000.00
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Dubuque Wood Window Restoration Project Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Dubuque Dubuque Dubuque 2022 $30,000.00
Dubuque's Black Heritage Survey City of Dubuque Dubuque Dubuque 2022 $30,000.00
Jasper County Courthouse Murals and Artwork Restoration Newton Historic Preservation Commission Newton Jasper 2022 $30,000.00
Maquoketa Carnegie Library Tuckpointing Maquoketa Public Library Maquoketa Jackson 2022 $30,000.00