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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 Sort descending County Fiscal year Grant Amount
Masonry Rehabilitation of the West Façade of the Lisbon History Center Building City of Lisbon Lisbon Linn 2023 $22,000.00
Lisbon Methodist Church National Register of Historic Places Nomination Project Lisbon United Methodist Church Lisbon Linn 2015 $3,000.00
Preservation of the Mary Helms Farm House Collection Madrid Historical Society Madrid Boone 2017 $1,312.00
Manchester Newspaper Microfilm and Digitization Project Manchester Public Library Manchester Delaware 2019 $9,025.00
Leet/Hassler Farmstead Scale House Restoration Manning Community Foundation Manning Carroll 2015 $4,740.00
Preserving Manning's Past Manning Historic Preservation Commission Manning Carroll 2021 $1,595.00
Digitization and Microfilming of the Mapleton Press Fisher Whiting Memorial Library Mapleton Monona 2018 $1,006.00
Maquoketa Carnegie Library Tuckpointing Maquoketa Public Library Maquoketa Jackson 2022 $30,000.00
Maple Grove Schoolhouse: Improvements to the Foundation, Roof & Lights Rona L. Wyant Marengo Iowa 2022 $2,936.00
Protection and Storage of Granger House Archival Material Granger House Victorian Museum Marion Linn 2018 $300.00
Marion Historic Records Preservation-Phase II City of Marion Marion Linn 2014 $4,072.00
Marion Historic Records Preservation-Phase II City of Marion Marion Linn 2016 $8,500.00
Marion Alumni Association Historic Preservation Marion Independent School Foundation and Alumni Association Marion Linn 2022 $5,000.00
Kibbe Building Restoration Marshalltown Central Business District - Main Street Iowa Marshalltown Marshall 2013 $34,500.00
Steve Rye Photo Collection Preservation Mason City Public Library Public Library Foundation Mason City Cerro Gordo 2017 $1,500.00
The Historic Park Inn Hotel HVAC Component Retrofit Wright on the Park Mason City Cerro Gordo 2023 $35,000.00
Gallery Exhibit Upgrade at the Robert E. McCoy Architectural Interpretive Center River City Society for Historic Preservation Mason City Cerro Gordo 2019 $8,376.00
Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery Historical Records Preservation and Accessibility City of Mason City - Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery Mason City Cerro Gordo 2015 $6,690.00
Rock Crest-Rock Glen Historic District Re-Nomination and Expansion City of Mason City - Historic Preservation Commission Mason City Cerro Gordo 2015 $18,300.00
Bil Baird Conservation Project Phase 2 Charles H. MacNider Museum Mason City Cerro Gordo 2013 $6,522.00