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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 descending City County Fiscal year Grant Amount
Iowa Canning Company Stabilization and Roof Repair Joseph M. Schott Vinton Benton 2013 $38,500.00
Cultural History Using Projectile Points Kalona Historical Society Kalona Washington 2017 $975.00
Digitizing Romeo Bickel's Historic Scrapbooks Keokuk Public Library Keokuk Lee 2016 $483.00
Keokuk Union Depot Waiting Room Exterior Masonry Restoration Keokuk Union Depot Foundation Keokuk Lee 2023 $50,000.00
Keokuk Union Depot Apex Project Keokuk Union Depot Foundation Keokuk Lee 2017 $43,400.00
Chimney, Eaves, and Gutter Project Keokuk Union Depot Foundation Keokuk Lee 2016 $56,600.00
Organizing and Preserving Historical Documentation of Kossuth County Kossuth County Historical Society Algona Kossuth 2013 $5,000.00
Historic Fire Station and Jail Masonry Repairs Phase One La Porte City Historical & Ag Museum La Porte City Black Hawk 2023 $9,642.00
Le Mars Sentinel Newspaper Digitization Le Mars Public Library Lemars Plymouth 2021 $10,206.00
Starker-Leopold House and Grounds Purchase Leopold Landscape Alliance Burlington Des Moines 2019 $40,000.00
York Comes to Life Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center Sioux City Woodbury 2022 $25,000.00
Preservation and Development of Spurrier School Liberty Hall Historic Site Lamoni Decatur 2022 $4,500.00
Sumner School (aka Abbe Creek School) Museum Preservation Linn County Toddville Linn 2014 $50,000.00
The Douglas Mansion Historic Rehabilitation Project Linn County Historical Society Cedar Rapids Linn 2018 $46,144.00
The Douglas Mansion Historic Rehabilitation Project Linn County Historical Society Cedar Rapids Linn 2016 $50,000.00
Storage Upgrade of Architectural Drawings and Blueprints Linn County Historical Society Cedar Rapids Linn 2013 $5,850.00
Lisbon Methodist Church National Register of Historic Places Nomination Project Lisbon United Methodist Church Lisbon Linn 2015 $3,000.00
Repainting of the Historic Flynn Barn Living History Farms Urbandale Polk 2021 $7,875.00
Collections Storage Renovation Living History Farms Urbandale Polk 2019 $50,000.00
Nomination of Proposed Loras College Historic District in Dubuque to the National Register of Historic Places Loras College Dubuque Dubuque 2018 $6,600.00