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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
Shelby County Historical Museum Archival Preservation Project, 2015-16 Shelby County Historical Society and Museum Harlan Shelby 2015 $6,500.00
Roof Replacement Ss.Peter and Paul Clear Creek Historical Association Harper Keokuk 2016 $25,000.00
Yellow River State Forest Fire Tower National Register Nomination Project Friends of Yellow River State Forest Harpers Ferry Allamakee 2021 $3,333.00
Preservation of 1918 City Hall, Fire Station and Auditorium Big Sioux River Valley Historical Society Hawarden Sioux 2015 $42,303.00
Investigating the Condition of the Amana Indian Fish Weir Office of the State Archaeologist/University of Iowa Homestead Iowa 2017 $18,039.00
Ida County Newspaper Microfilm & Digitization Project Ida Grove Public Library Ida Grove Ida 2019 $6,152.00
Ida County Newspaper Microfilm & Digitization Project Ida Grove Public Library Ida Grove Ida 2018 $3,400.00
Cedar Rock Boat House Friends of Cedar Rock Independence Buchanan 2014 $50,000.00
Taylor's Ford Bridge Rehabilitation Buchanan County Independence Buchanan 2022 $35,000.00
Wapsipinicon Mill - Tuck-Pointing and Windows & Sill Restoration Buchanan County Historical Society Independence Buchanan 2013 $20,000.00
Mount Hope One Room Country Schoolhouse Window Restoration General Joseph Warren #832 Questers Indianola Warren 2021 $5,000.00
Mt. Hope One Room Schoolhouse Door General Joseph Warren #832 Questers Indianola Warren 2023 $1,702.00
Preservation of the John Palmquist Archaeological Collection from Southwest Iowa University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist Iowa City Johnson 2019 $12,259.00
Preservation & Digitization of Engineering Bachelors Theses from the Early 20th The University of Iowa Iowa City Johnson 2017 $27,253.00
Johnson County Poor Farm Barn Restoration Johnson County Iowa City Johnson 2016 $42,500.00
Preservation of Iowa's Archaeological Photographs: Phase II Office of the State Archaeologist, University of Iowa Iowa City Johnson 2013 $39,776.00
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
Upgrading and Integrating a Historic Insect Collection The University of Iowa – Museum of Natural History Iowa City Johnson 2015 $15,206.00
Digitization of the Darwin Turner Audio Collection The University of Iowa Libraries Iowa City Johnson 2020 $27,666.00
Roof Rehabilitation of Old Settlers' Association of Johnson County Cabins City of Iowa City Iowa City Johnson 2017 $25,000.00