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Country School Grant Program

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 Sort descending Fiscal year Grant Amount
Relocation of Fairview School Moravia Historical Society Moravia Appanoose 2017 $5,000.00
Ceiling and Window Preservation of the Bedbug School Cedar County Historical Society Tipton Cedar 2018 $4,000.00
Red Bug School Restoration Cedar County Historical Society Tipton Cedar 2013 $1,385.00
Owen No. 3 Roofing Project North Iowa Fair Association DBA North Iowa Events Center Mason City Cerro Gordo 2017 $5,000.00
One Room Schoolhouse Door and Window Replacement Grand Meadow Heritage Commission Washta Cherokee 2019 $5,000.00
Friends of Lodomillo #4 Clayton County - Heritage Museum of the Knights Lodomillo Township #4, Clayton County, Country School Renovation Strawberry Point Clayton 2022 $5,000.00
Osborne Schoolhouse Interpretive Panels Clayton County Conservation Elkader Clayton 2020 $1,324.00
Flannery School Restoration Eagle Point Nature Society Sabula Clinton 2013 $1,747.00
Liberty Hall Historic Site Preservation and Development of Spurrier School Lamoni Decatur 2022 $4,500.00
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
Little Red One Room Schoolhouse Repair Project Howard County Historical Society Cresco Howard 2019 $1,587.00
Rona L. Wyant Maple Grove Schoolhouse: Improvements to the Foundation, Roof & Lights Marengo Iowa 2022 $2,936.00
External Preservation of Maple Grove Schoolhouse in Iowa County, Iowa Rona Wyant Marengo Iowa 2017 $4,616.00
Millrock School Floor Repair Jackson County Conservation Board Maquoketa Jackson 2016 $5,000.00
North Lee County Historical Society Grant Assistance in Restoration of Brush College Bell Tower Fort Madison Lee 2022 $3,250.00
Cherry Valley School House Storm Windows Ushers Ferry Historic Village / City of Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids Linn 2016 $1,265.00
Puckerbrush Country School Floor Leveling Lucas County Historical Society Chariton Lucas 2014 $1,500.00
East Amsterdam School Foundation Repair and Pest Eradication Pella Historical Society Pella Marion 2018 $1,145.00
New Roof for Stanton Historical Society One-Room Country School Stanton Historical Society Stanton Montgomery 2013 $3,000.00
School House Wood Floor Installation West Liberty Heritage Foundation West Liberty Muscatine 2018 $2,970.00