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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
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
Union Block Preservation (Mount Pleasant, Iowa) Main Street Mount Pleasant Mount Pleasant Henry 2015 $42,303.00
Preserving Historical Publications at Central College: Saving Newspapers and Yearbooks Central College Pella Marion 2015 $4,041.00
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
John Wayne Birthplace Museum Exhibit Development John Wayne Birthplace Society, Ltd. Winterset Madison 2015 $50,000.00
Shelby County Historical Museum Archival Preservation Project, 2015-16 Shelby County Historical Society and Museum Harlan Shelby 2015 $6,500.00
Lisbon Methodist Church National Register of Historic Places Nomination Project Lisbon United Methodist Church Lisbon Linn 2015 $3,000.00
Milwaukee Railroad Shops Historic District: Repurposing Roundhouse for Exhibits Siouxland Historical Railroad Association Sioux City Woodbury 2015 $38,400.00
Historic Clinton Newspaper Digitization Project Clinton Public Library Clinton Clinton 2015 $6,305.00
Restoration and Preservation of Perimeter Walkway of 2nd Deck of Steamboat William M. Black Dubuque County Historical Society Dubuque Dubuque 2015 $34,275.00
Preservation of original Maynard Reece fish paintings Iowa Department of Natural Resources Boone Boone 2015 $20,530.00
The Digitization of Perry's Newspaper Publishing History Perry Public Library Perry Dallas 2015 $15,315.00
Phase 2 Rehabilitation Work for Forest Grove School No. 5 Forest Grove School Preservation Bettendorf Scott 2015 $33,000.00
Upgrading and Integrating a Historic Insect Collection The University of Iowa – Museum of Natural History Iowa City Johnson 2015 $15,206.00
Organization and Preservation of Waldorf College Archive Luise V. Hanson Library, Waldorf College Forest City Winnebago 2015 $1,500.00
Masonic Lodge Restoration Phase III Grant Community Preservationists Grant Montgomery 2015 $25,896.00
Fort Des Moines Conservation Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center Des Moines Polk 2015 $9,724.00
The Dordt College Archives: Improving Organization and Access Dordt College Archives, John and Louise Hulst Library, Dordt College Sioux Center Sioux 2015 $927.00
Intensive Level Historical and Architectural Survey of the West Side Residential Neighborhood City of Washington Historic Preservation Commission Washington Washington 2015 $19,875.00
Digital Preservation Ellsworth Historical Museum, City of Ellsworth Ellsworth Hamilton 2015 $2,725.00