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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
Jasper County Courthouse Clockwork Project Newton Historic Preservation Commission Newton Jasper 2018 $44,500.00
Jasper County Courthouse Murals and Artwork Restoration Newton Historic Preservation Commission Newton Jasper 2022 $30,000.00
Fred Maytag Bowl: Band Shell Repair and Renovation Project City of Newton Historic Preservation Commission Newton Jasper 2013 $25,000.00
Stromstein Building Rehabilitation Worth County Historical Society Northwood Worth 2013 $50,000.00
Rehabilitation of the Nishna Heritage Museum Oakland Historical Society Oakland Pottawattamie 2013 $14,665.00
Northwestern College Student Newspaper Preservation Project Northwestern College Orange City Sioux 2019 $8,867.00
Henry A. Wallace Birthplace Farm: Farmhouse Renovation The Wallace Centers of Iowa Orient Adair 2021 $41,055.00
First National Bank Historic Structure Report City of Ottumwa Ottumwa Wapello 2022 $7,350.00
Palmyra Methodist Episcopal Church Assessment, Preservation, and Adaptive Reuse Palmyra Township Palmyra Warren 2017 $45,522.00
Palmyra Methodist Episcopal Church Assessment, Preservation, and Adaptive Reuse Palmyra Township Palmyra Township Warren 2020 $22,400.00
Preserving Historical Publications at Central College: Saving Newspapers and Yearbooks Central College Pella Marion 2015 $4,041.00
The Digitization of Perry's Newspaper Publishing History Perry Public Library Perry Dallas 2015 $15,315.00
Rehabilitation of Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge at Rainbow Bend Park-Calhoun County Calhoun County Historic Preservation Commission Rockwell City Calhoun 2022 $21,000.00
Restoration of Historic Windows in the German American Museum and Library Saint Lucas Historical Society Saint Lucas Fayette 2021 $18,000.00
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
Repair of Museum Building Housing Collection Items and Genealogy Records. Fremont County Historical Society Sidney Fremont 2020 $5,262.00
Digitizing Sidney Iowa Newspaper Volumes Fremont County Historical Society Sidney Fremont 2022 $7,698.00
The Dordt College Archives: Improving Organization and Access Dordt College Archives, John and Louise Hulst Library, Dordt College Sioux Center Sioux 2015 $927.00
RailWalk Heritage Education Trail - Milwaukee Railroad Shops Historic District Siouxland Historical Railroad Association Sioux City Woodbury 2017 $46,555.00
Preserving History Through Newspaper Digitization: The Catholic Globe The Catholic Globe, Diocese of Sioux City Sioux City Woodbury 2019 $10,937.00