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Apply for up to $5,000 in grant funding to assist in the preservation and maintenance of a one-room or two-room country school in Iowa. In addition to preservation efforts, grant funds may be used for historical interpretation or educational activities relating to the school. Priority is given to projects that include an educational component.

  • Who: Nonprofits, Governments, Tribes, Individuals, Forprofits
  • What: Up to $5,000 with a required 1:1 match. 
  • When: This grant opportunity is currently closed. The next round opens in February 2024 for projects getting underway after July 1, 2024.

How to Apply

Applications are not currently being accepted for the Country School Grant Program. Applicants can access the previous year's guidelines and scoring rubric online.

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.

Manage Your Grant


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.


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Grant Awards History

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Project Title Applicant City County Fiscal year Grant Amount Sort descending
Jackson Schoolhouse Preservation Project Shelby County Historical Society and Museum Harlan Shelby 2019 $732.00
East Union School - Morris Park Project East Union School Stockport Van Buren 2013 $910.00
Restoration of Dover #4 One Room Counry School Friends of Dover #4 School - a subcommittee of Fayette County CLG West Union Fayette 2017 $1,000.00
East Amsterdam School Foundation Repair and Pest Eradication Pella Historical Society Pella Marion 2018 $1,145.00
Cherry Valley School House Storm Windows Ushers Ferry Historic Village / City of Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids Linn 2016 $1,265.00
Osborne Schoolhouse Interpretive Panels Clayton County Conservation Elkader Clayton 2020 $1,324.00
Red Bug School Restoration Cedar County Historical Society Tipton Cedar 2013 $1,385.00
Puckerbrush Country School Floor Leveling Lucas County Historical Society Chariton Lucas 2014 $1,500.00
Little Red One Room Schoolhouse Repair Project Howard County Historical Society Cresco Howard 2019 $1,587.00
Flannery School Restoration Eagle Point Nature Society Sabula Clinton 2013 $1,747.00
Bennett School Restoration West Des Moines Historical Society West Des Moines Polk 2014 $2,500.00
Halley One Room Schoolhouse Nevada Community Historical Society Nevada Story 2019 $2,840.00
Goldenrod Schoolhouse Preservation Project Nodaway Valley Historical Museum Nodaway Valley Page 2017 $2,875.00
Rona L. Wyant Maple Grove Schoolhouse: Improvements to the Foundation, Roof & Lights Marengo Iowa 2022 $2,936.00
School House Wood Floor Installation West Liberty Heritage Foundation West Liberty Muscatine 2018 $2,970.00
Prairie Arts Historical Park-Baker Country School Renovation Project Prairie Arts Council Sheldon O'Brien 2018 $2,998.00
Highlandville School Interior Plaster/Paint Renovation Winneshiek County Historic Preservation Commission (WCHPC) Decorah Winneshiek 2017 $3,000.00
New Roof for Stanton Historical Society One-Room Country School Stanton Historical Society Stanton Montgomery 2013 $3,000.00
North Lee County Historical Society Grant Assistance in Restoration of Brush College Bell Tower Fort Madison Lee 2022 $3,250.00
1860 Sheldall Country School Repairs Story City Historical Society Story City Story 2014 $3,962.00