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.

    How to Apply

    Applications for the Historical Resource Development Program grant are not being accepted at this time.

    Applications are also being accepted for the Emergency Historical Resource Development Program - funds are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

    1. Read the guidelines
    2. Complete the application

    Manage Your Grant

    Report Forms

    • For projects awarded in 2016 (FY17) or later, complete the Final Report and Payment Form online.
    • For projects awarded in 2012-2015 (FY13-FY16), complete your claim and final report form via Iowa Grants. Use the instructions provided to help submit your claim.
    • For emergency projects awarded prior to FY16 and regular projects awarded prior to FY13, contact us for a reimbursement form.


    Please contact us for the most recent versions of the State Historical Society of Iowa and Historical Resource Development Program logos 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.

    Technical Advisory Network

    View the Historical Resource Development Program Technical Advisory Network.

    Grant Award History

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    Fiscal Year Applicant Project Grant Amount City County
    2013 Belmond Chapter/Wright County Historical Society Digitize 82 years of Belmond's local newspaper

    $3,939.00 Belmond Wright
    2013 Polk County Recorder's Office Polk County Recorder's Office Vital Records Project

    $14,533.00 Des Moines Polk
    2013 Dubuque County Historical Society Preserving and Increasing Access to the Collections of the Dubuque County Historical Society

    $14,752.00 Dubuque Dubuque
    2013 City of Newton Historic Preservation Commission Fred Maytag Bowl: Band Shell Repair and Renovation Project

    $25,000.00 Newton Jasper
    2013 Buchanan County Historical Society Wapsipinicon Mill - Tuck-Pointing and Windows & Sill Restoration

    $20,000.00 Independence Buchanan