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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.


Please contact us for the most recent version of the State Historical Society of Iowa logo to use on materials promoting your project.

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Grant Awards History

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Project Title Applicant City County Fiscal year Sort descending Grant Amount
East Union School - Morris Park Project East Union School Stockport Van Buren 2013 $910.00
Flannery School Restoration Eagle Point Nature Society Sabula Clinton 2013 $1,747.00
Red Bug School Restoration Cedar County Historical Society Tipton Cedar 2013 $1,385.00
Hoggatt School Repairs Ames Historical Society Ames Story 2013 $4,280.00
Roosevelt No. 7 School Restoration Rolfe Enrichment Rolfe Pocahontas 2013 $4,000.00
New Roof for Stanton Historical Society One-Room Country School Stanton Historical Society Stanton Montgomery 2013 $3,000.00
1860 Sheldall Country School Repairs Story City Historical Society Story City Story 2014 $3,962.00
Bennett School Restoration West Des Moines Historical Society West Des Moines Polk 2014 $2,500.00
Puckerbrush Country School Floor Leveling Lucas County Historical Society Chariton Lucas 2014 $1,500.00
Millrock School Floor Repair Jackson County Conservation Board Maquoketa Jackson 2016 $5,000.00
Locust School Museum Restoration/Stabilization Winneshiek County Historical Society Decorah Winneshiek 2016 $5,000.00
Cherry Valley School House Storm Windows Ushers Ferry Historic Village / City of Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids Linn 2016 $1,265.00
Goldenrod Schoolhouse Preservation Project Nodaway Valley Historical Museum Nodaway Valley Page 2017 $2,875.00
Owen No. 3 Roofing Project North Iowa Fair Association DBA North Iowa Events Center Mason City Cerro Gordo 2017 $5,000.00
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
Relocation of Fairview School Moravia Historical Society Moravia Appanoose 2017 $5,000.00
Highlandville School Interior Plaster/Paint Renovation Winneshiek County Historic Preservation Commission (WCHPC) Decorah Winneshiek 2017 $3,000.00
External Preservation of Maple Grove Schoolhouse in Iowa County, Iowa Rona Wyant Marengo Iowa 2017 $4,616.00
Ceiling and Window Preservation of the Bedbug School Cedar County Historical Society Tipton Cedar 2018 $4,000.00
School House Wood Floor Installation West Liberty Heritage Foundation West Liberty Muscatine 2018 $2,970.00