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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 City County Fiscal year Grant Amount Sort descending
Critical storage upgrade for the University of Iowa MNH mammal collections The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History Iowa City Johnson 2020 $17,900.00
Larrabee School Storm Window Restoration City of Clermont Clermont Fayette 2022 $18,000.00
Restoration of Historic Windows in the German American Museum and Library Saint Lucas Historical Society Saint Lucas Fayette 2021 $18,000.00
Investigating the Condition of the Amana Indian Fish Weir Office of the State Archaeologist/University of Iowa Homestead Iowa 2017 $18,039.00
Opening a Path to Hancock County Iowa History Garner Public Library Garner Hancock 2021 $18,176.00
Origins of Ancient Village Life on the Plains of Northwest Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist - University of Iowa Westfield Plymouth 2021 $18,179.00
Rock Crest-Rock Glen Historic District Re-Nomination and Expansion City of Mason City - Historic Preservation Commission Mason City Cerro Gordo 2015 $18,300.00
Increasing Access to Oral Histories of the Iowa Jewish Historical Society, Phase III Iowa Jewish Historical Society Waukee Dallas 2022 $19,324.00
Digitizing, Preserving and Accessing Czech Publications Published in Iowa National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Cedar Rapids Linn 2022 $19,631.00
Intensive Level Historical and Architectural Survey of the West Side Residential Neighborhood City of Washington Historic Preservation Commission Washington Washington 2015 $19,875.00
The Rescue of the J.J. Shafnet House Friends of Muscatine Historic Preservation Muscatine Muscatine 2014 $20,000.00
Wapsipinicon Mill - Tuck-Pointing and Windows & Sill Restoration Buchanan County Historical Society Independence Buchanan 2013 $20,000.00
Improving Organization and Access to Cedar Rapids Area Czech Community Archives National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Cedar Rapids Linn 2016 $20,063.00
The Community Stories Project Exhibit Johnson County Historical Society Coralville Johnson 2023 $20,292.00
Preservation of original Maynard Reece fish paintings Iowa Department of Natural Resources Boone Boone 2015 $20,530.00
Exploring Iowa’s Historical Artifacts: Educational Video Series Iowa Public Television Johnston Polk 2018 $20,620.00
Rehabilitation of Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge at Rainbow Bend Park-Calhoun County Calhoun County Historic Preservation Commission Rockwell City Calhoun 2022 $21,000.00
Upgrading Storage Supplies for Housing Specimens in the Ada Hayden Herbarium Iowa State University Ames Story 2021 $21,093.00
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