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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 Sort descending Fiscal year Grant Amount
Digitalization of Yearbooks Mellinger Memorial Library Morning Sun Louisa 2013 $800.00
Hotel Charitone Rehabilitation Lucas County Preservation Alliance Chariton Lucas 2014 $50,000.00
Research Library Archive Preservation Project Madison County Historical Society WInterset Madison 2017 $10,000.00
Winterset City Park Historic District Nomination Madison County Historic Preservation Commission Winterset Madison 2020 $9,600.00
John Wayne Birthplace Museum Exhibit Development John Wayne Birthplace Society, Ltd. Winterset Madison 2015 $50,000.00
Madison County Courthouse Exterior Restoration Project Madison County Historic Preservation Commission Winterset Madison 2021 $50,000.00
Nomination of proposed Historic Courthouse Square Commercial District in Winterset to the NRHP Madison County Historic Preservation Commission Winterset Madison 2015 $8,000.00
Preserving Historical Publications at Central College: Saving Newspapers and Yearbooks Central College Pella Marion 2015 $4,041.00
Kibbe Building Restoration Marshalltown Central Business District - Main Street Iowa Marshalltown Marshall 2013 $34,500.00
Restoration of Art from Pacific Juntion, Iowa's Museum from the Flood of 2019 Mills County Historical Society and Museum Glenwood Mills 2021 $6,186.00
Saint Ansgar Public School National Register of Historic Places Project St. Ansgar Historic School Project Inc. St. Ansgar Mitchell 2019 $3,500.00
Digitization and Microfilming of the Mapleton Press Fisher Whiting Memorial Library Mapleton Monona 2018 $1,006.00
Masonic Lodge Restoration Phase III Grant Community Preservationists Grant Montgomery 2015 $25,896.00
Nichols Commercial Historic District National Register of Historic Places Project Muscatine County Historic Preservation Commission Muscatine Muscatine 2019 $5,500.00
National Register Nomination for the Laura Musser McColm Historic District Muscatine Art Center/City of Muscatine Muscatine Muscatine 2016 $5,000.00
Nomination of West Liberty Fairgrounds to the NRHP Muscatine County Historic Preservation Commission West Liberty Muscatine 2015 $12,000.00
Nomination of Fairport Fish Hatchery Historic District to NRHP Muscatine County Historic Preservation Commission Muscatine Muscatine 2022 $12,620.00
Nomination of Wilton Commercial Historic District to the NRHP Wilton Development Corporation Wilton Muscatine 2016 $9,735.00
Muscatine County and the Civil War: First Person Interpreters in Middle Schools Muscatine Art Center / City of Muscatine Muscatine Muscatine 2019 $4,270.00
Nomination of the Fair Oaks Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places City of Muscatine Muscatine Muscatine 2019 $17,245.00