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Country School Grant Program

New applications are not being accepted for this program while it undergoes a review process following Iowa's state agency alignment. We anticipate offering the program again in 2025.

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. Grants will be offered again in 2025.

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 Sort descending Applicant City County Fiscal year Grant Amount
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
1860 Sheldall Country School Repairs Story City Historical Society Story City Story 2014 $3,962.00
4-H School House Renovation Heartland Museum Foundation Clarion Wright 2019 $5,000.00
Bennett School Restoration West Des Moines Historical Society West Des Moines Polk 2014 $2,500.00
Ceiling and Window Preservation of the Bedbug School Cedar County Historical Society Tipton Cedar 2018 $4,000.00
Cherry Valley School House Storm Windows Ushers Ferry Historic Village / City of Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids Linn 2016 $1,265.00
East Amsterdam School Foundation Repair and Pest Eradication Pella Historical Society Pella Marion 2018 $1,145.00
East Union School - Morris Park Project East Union School Stockport Van Buren 2013 $910.00
External Preservation of Maple Grove Schoolhouse in Iowa County, Iowa Rona Wyant Marengo Iowa 2017 $4,616.00
Flannery School Restoration Eagle Point Nature Society Sabula Clinton 2013 $1,747.00
Frankville Stone School - Bell Tower Roof Restoration Winneshiek County Conservation Frankville Winneshiek 2020 $5,000.00
Goldenrod Schoolhouse Preservation Project Nodaway Valley Historical Museum Nodaway Valley Page 2017 $2,875.00
Halley One Room Schoolhouse Nevada Community Historical Society Nevada Story 2019 $2,840.00
Highlandville School Interior Plaster/Paint Renovation Winneshiek County Historic Preservation Commission (WCHPC) Decorah Winneshiek 2017 $3,000.00
Hoggatt School Repairs Ames Historical Society Ames Story 2013 $4,280.00
Jackson Schoolhouse Preservation Project Shelby County Historical Society and Museum Harlan Shelby 2019 $732.00
Liberty Hall Historic Site Preservation and Development of Spurrier School Lamoni Decatur 2022 $4,500.00
Little Red One Room Schoolhouse Repair Project Howard County Historical Society Cresco Howard 2019 $1,587.00
Locust School Museum Restoration/Stabilization Winneshiek County Historical Society Decorah Winneshiek 2016 $5,000.00
Millrock School Floor Repair Jackson County Conservation Board Maquoketa Jackson 2016 $5,000.00