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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 Sort descending City County Fiscal year Grant Amount
Preserving and Restoring Sacred Heart Cathedral Sacred Heart Cathedral Davenport Scott 2017 $50,000.00
Restoration of Historic Windows in the German American Museum and Library Saint Lucas Historical Society Saint Lucas Fayette 2021 $18,000.00
Saint Patrick's Catholic Church of the Irish Settlement Stained Glass Window Restoration Saint Patrick's Irish Settlement Cumming Warren 2016 $23,580.00
Rediscovering the Weeks Legacy Salisbury House Foundation Des Moines Polk 2013 $11,900.00
Salisbury House Textiles Collection: Storage Upgrade and Access Improvement Salisbury House Foundation Des Moines Polk 2016 $15,200.00
Improving Storage of Sanford Museum's Archaeological and Paleontological Collections Sanford Museum and Planetarium Cherokee Cherokee 2014 $40,000.00
What On Earth Renovation Science Center of Iowa Des Moines Polk 2017 $27,607.00
North Scott Press Newspaper Preservation and Digitization Scott County Library System Eldridge Scott 2017 $9,802.00
History of the North Scott Community School District Scott County Library System Eldridge Scott 2023 $5,940.00
Preserving Seed History: Protecting first-person accounts of heirloom garden crops Seed Savers Exchange Decorah Winneshiek 2016 $7,437.00
Shelby County Historical Museum Archival Preservation Project, 2015-16 Shelby County Historical Society and Museum Harlan Shelby 2015 $6,500.00
Digitization of Scrapbooks and Photograph Albums Sioux City Public Museum/Sioux City Museum & Historical Association Sioux City Woodbury 2015 $5,168.00
Sioux City Railroad Museum – Water Works Extension Project Siouxland Historical Railroad Association Sioux City Woodbury 2016 $50,000.00
RailWalk Heritage Education Trail - Milwaukee Railroad Shops Historic District Siouxland Historical Railroad Association Sioux City Woodbury 2017 $46,555.00
Milwaukee Railroad Shops Historic District: Repurposing Roundhouse for Exhibits Siouxland Historical Railroad Association Sioux City Woodbury 2015 $38,400.00
Phase 1 Archaeological Survey: Railroad Labor Camps Milwaukee Railroad Shops Historic District Siouxland Historical Railroad Association Sioux City Woodbury 2022 $32,250.00
Roof Replacement Ss.Peter and Paul Clear Creek Historical Association Harper Keokuk 2016 $25,000.00
Saint Ansgar Public School National Register of Historic Places Project St. Ansgar Historic School Project Inc. St. Ansgar Mitchell 2019 $3,500.00
Restoration and Promotion of Historic Church Painting St. John's Lutheran Foundation, Inc.; Des Moines, IA Des Moines Polk 2018 $4,336.00
Restoration of Historic Windows in the German American Museum and Library St. Lucas Historical Society St. Lucas Fayette 2019 $39,300.00