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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
Preserve and Provide Digital Access to the Glidden Graphic Newspaper Carroll County Genealogical Society Carroll 2020 $3,940.00
Restoration of the 102 Year Old Historic Bridge over Mud Creek in Tama, Iowa Prairie Rivers of Iowa Resource Conservation and Development Tama 2019 $50,000.00
Adair Viaduct Preservation RIADA, Inc. Adair Adair 2018 $50,000.00
Organizing and Preserving Historical Documentation of Kossuth County Kossuth County Historical Society Algona Kossuth 2013 $5,000.00
Retrieve nine art glass windows removed from the Algona Land & Loan Office in 1985 Sullivan Building Foundation, Inc. Algona Kossuth 2013 $50,000.00
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
Ruedy Communal Kitchen Property Cataloging Project Amana Heritage Society Amana Iowa 2020 $5,000.00
Museum Collections Inventory and Storage Upgrade Amana Heritage Society Amana Iowa 2019 $9,570.00
Photographic Negative Cataloging and Storage Project Amana Heritage Society Amana Iowa 2017 $5,500.00
Homestead General Store Roof Project Amana Heritage Society Amana Iowa 2016 $3,000.00
Restoration of the Upper South Hotel Phase 1 Amana Colonies Historical Sites Foundation Amana Iowa 2019 $50,000.00
Cassette Tape Digitization Project Phase II Amana Heritage Society Amana Iowa 2022 $1,900.00
Oral History Digitization Project Amana Heritage Society Amana Iowa 2021 $2,970.00
Museum Collection Storage Project Amana Heritage Society Amana Iowa 2014 $3,000.00
Amana Millrace Restoration Amana Colonies Historical Sites Foundation Amana Iowa 2015 $43,000.00
Ames History Permanent Exhibit Ames History Museum Ames Story 2023 $47,587.00
Preserving and Increasing Access to the Collections of Ames Historical Society Ames Historical Society Ames Story 2018 $5,000.00
Educating Iowans about Historic Preservation via Web-Disseminated Digital Media Toolkits Preservation Iowa Ames Story 2014 $5,000.00
Upgrading Storage Supplies for Housing Specimens in the Ada Hayden Herbarium Iowa State University Ames Story 2021 $21,093.00
Survey of National Historic Register Sites, Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway, Iowa Prairie Rivers of Iowa Ames Story 2023 $32,942.00