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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 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


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 Sort ascending City County Fiscal year Grant Amount
Dubuque's Black Heritage Survey City of Dubuque Dubuque Dubuque 2022 $30,000.00
Digitization of City of Dubuque Directories into Searchable (OCR) PDFs Available on CD and Website City of Dubuque Dubuque Dubuque 2014 $2,970.00
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
Burkhard Riegel Blacksmith Shop Restoration: Electrical Renovation City of Clermont Clermont Fayette 2014 $6,039.00
Burkhard Riegel Blacksmith Shop Museum Collection City of Clermont Clermont Fayette 2013 $2,520.00
Larrabee School Storm Window Restoration City of Clermont Clermont Fayette 2022 $18,000.00
New Deal Mural Preservation- Mays Island Historic District, Cedar Rapids, IA City of Cedar Rapids, IA Cedar Rapids Linn 2015 $27,770.00
Nomination of Downtown Commercial Historic District in Burlington to the NRHP City of Burlington - Historic Preservation Commission Burlington Des Moines 2014 $15,305.00
The First 125 years of Children & Families of Iowa Children & Families of Iowa Des Moines Polk 2015 $2,740.00
Nomination of Six Historic Residential Properties in Cherokee for the National Register of Historic Places Cherokee Historic Preservation Commission Cherokee Cherokee 2019 $7,742.00
Bil Baird Conservation Project Phase 2 Charles H. MacNider Museum Mason City Cerro Gordo 2013 $6,522.00
DeWitt Observer Newspaper Preservation and Digitization Project Central Community Historical Society DeWitt Clinton 2021 $8,613.00
Preserving Historical Publications at Central College: Saving Newspapers and Yearbooks Central College Pella Marion 2015 $4,041.00
Cedar Rapids Washington High School Archives: Initial Preservation and Access. Cedar Rapids Washington High School Library Cedar Rapids Linn 2016 $870.00
Consolidating and Preserving the Cedar Falls Historical Society’s Collections Cedar Falls Historical Society Cedar Falls Black Hawk 2018 $14,563.00
Processing and Preserving the Documentary Collection of Artist Marie Cook Cedar Falls Historical Society Cedar Falls Black Hawk 2015 $5,540.00
Rehabilitation of Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge at Rainbow Bend Park-Calhoun County Calhoun County Historic Preservation Commission Rockwell City Calhoun 2022 $21,000.00
Preservation of Buena Vista University Historic Documents Buena Vista University Library Storm Lake Buena Vista 2014 $13,676.00
Preserve and Provide Digital Access to Buena Vista University Campus Newspapers Buena Vista University Archives Storm Lake Buena Vista 2018 $10,411.00
Microfilm and Digitize Buena Vista University Alumni Publications Buena Vista University Storm Lake Buena Vista 2020 $2,491.00