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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 Sort descending City County Fiscal year Grant Amount
Ida County Newspaper Microfilm & Digitization Project Ida Grove Public Library Ida Grove Ida 2018 $3,400.00
A Catalyst for Community: Rehabilitating North Des Moines Hall Indigo Dawn, LLC Des Moines Polk 2023 $50,000.00
Iowa Cultural Collections Emergency Response Team Establishment and Training Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium Iowa City Johnson 2014 $13,750.00
Preservation of original Maynard Reece fish paintings Iowa Department of Natural Resources Boone Boone 2015 $20,530.00
Unpublished Family Histories and Pioneer Certificates Preservation Project Iowa Genealogical Society Des Moines Polk 2023 $15,215.00
Increasing Access to Oral Histories of the Iowa Jewish Historical Society, Phase III Iowa Jewish Historical Society Waukee Dallas 2022 $19,324.00
Preserving Iowa's Jewish History Iowa Jewish Historical Society Waukee Dallas 2018 $25,000.00
Digitization/Increased Access to Oral Histories at the Iowa Jewish Historical Society - Phase I Iowa Jewish Historical Society Waukee Dallas 2016 $21,430.00
Increasing Access to Oral Histories of the Iowa Jewish Historical Soc - Phase II Iowa Jewish Historical Society Waukee Dallas 2020 $21,603.00
Teaching Iowa History Iowa Museum Association Cedar Falls Black Hawk 2019 $12,500.00
Exploring Iowa’s Historical Artifacts: Educational Video Series Iowa Public Television Johnston Polk 2018 $20,620.00
Upgrading Storage Supplies for Housing Specimens in the Ada Hayden Herbarium Iowa State University Ames Story 2021 $21,093.00
Creating Public Accessibility to the Minutes of the Communal Amana Society (1855 - 1932) Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development Council Amana Iowa 2014 $2,000.00
Digitizing and Microfilming Dyersville, Iowa Newspapers James Kennedy Public Library Dyersville Dubuque 2021 $15,232.00
John Hiller Building South Section Wall Restoration Jamey Licandro Bettendorf Scott 2022 $30,000.00
John Wayne Birthplace Museum Exhibit Development John Wayne Birthplace Society, Ltd. Winterset Madison 2015 $50,000.00
Johnson County Poor Farm Barn Restoration Johnson County Iowa City Johnson 2016 $42,500.00
The Community Stories Project Exhibit Johnson County Historical Society Coralville Johnson 2023 $20,292.00
Eby's Mill Wildlife Area - Archaeological Research Project Jones County Conservation Board Center Junction Jones 2014 $24,935.00
Fremont Mill Bridge Rehabilitation Jones County Conservation Board Center Junction Jones 2021 $44,687.00