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Historical Resource Development 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.

The program provides 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. 

  • Who: Nonprofits, Governments, Tribes, Individuals, Forprofits
  • What: Up to $50,000 with a required match.  Match ratios vary.
  • When: This grant opportunity is currently closed. Grants will be offered again in 2025

How to Apply

Historical Resource Development Program Annual Grant Cycle

Applications are not currently being accepted for the Historical Resource Development Program. Applicants can access the previous year's guidelines and scoring rubrics online:

  1. Read the General Guidelines and category instructions:
  2. Read the scoring rubric by category:
  3. Complete the application

If you would like to schedule a Google Meet or Zoom Meeting with the grants manager, please email her at kristen.vandermolen@iowa.gov to set up a meeting time.

Emergency Historical Resource Development Program

Emergency HRDP applications will be accepted after July 1, 2024. Funds are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

  1. Read the HRDP General Guidelines and appropriate category instructions
  2. Read the HRDP Emergency Guidelines
  3. Complete the application

Manage Your Grant

Reporting Forms

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

Logos

Download the State Historical Society of Iowa logo to use on materials promoting your project.

Promotional Information 

Send images and event details when grant funded project activity is happening. The State Historical Society of Iowa is dedicated to communicating the impact and value of your project activity through various communication platforms and networks.

Field Services

Learn more about the Field Services program.

Grant Awards History

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Project Title Applicant City Sort descending County Fiscal year Grant Amount
Geophysical and Topographic Survey of the Capoli Effigy Mound Group Luther College Decorah Winneshiek 2019 $26,987.00
German Newspaper Microfilm/Digitization Project Norelius Community Library Denison Crawford 2017 $1,568.00
Donna Reed Heritage Museum/Archive Storage Upgrade and Collection Survey The Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts Denison Crawford 2017 $1,333.00
Rediscovering the Weeks Legacy Salisbury House Foundation Des Moines Polk 2013 $11,900.00
Acquisition and restoration of an original Iowa State Patrol Kawasaki Motorcycle Automobile Heritage Foundation Des Moines Polk 2022 $25,000.00
Polk County Vital Records Preservation Project Polk County Recorder’s Office Des Moines Polk 2015 $30,000.00
Waveland Trolley Loop Project Des Moines Historical Society Des Moines Polk 2022 $7,500.00
Wallace House Front Porch Repairs The Wallace Centers of Iowa Des Moines Polk $11,490.00
NRHP Nomination-Washington and Elizabeth Miller Tract and W.W. Lyons' Addition to Lyons' Place City of Des Moines/North of Grand Neighborhood Association Des Moines Polk 2016 $9,735.00
Unpublished Family Histories and Pioneer Certificates Preservation Project Iowa Genealogical Society Des Moines Polk 2023 $15,215.00
Polk County Recorder's Office Vital Records Project Polk County Recorder's Office Des Moines Polk 2013 $14,533.00
Fort Des Moines Conservation Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center Des Moines Polk 2015 $9,724.00
Des Moines Art Center I. M. Pei Building - Levitt Auditorium Renovation Edmundson Art Foundation, Inc. Des Moines Polk 2017 $50,000.00
What On Earth Renovation Science Center of Iowa Des Moines Polk 2017 $27,607.00
The First 125 years of Children & Families of Iowa Children & Families of Iowa Des Moines Polk 2015 $2,740.00
A Catalyst for Community: Rehabilitating North Des Moines Hall Indigo Dawn, LLC Des Moines Polk 2023 $50,000.00
South Entry Terrace Retaining Wall First United Methodist Church Des Moines Polk 2014 $40,000.00
Polk County Vital Records Preservation Project Polk County Recorder's Office Des Moines Polk 2016 $30,000.00
Restoration and Promotion of Historic Church Painting St. John's Lutheran Foundation, Inc.; Des Moines, IA Des Moines Polk 2018 $4,336.00
A People's History Website Drake University Des Moines 2022 $36,000.00