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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 Sort descending Grant Amount
Establishing the Roots of a Collections Room To Promote the Budding of a Collection Midwest Lumber Museum Clinton Clinton 2015 $3,000.00
Microfilm issues of the Keosauqua Republican and other area newspapers. Van Buren County Historical Society Keosauqua Van Buren 2015 $400.00
Restoration of the barn at the Four Mounds estate historic district and historic site. Four Mounds Foundation Dubuque Dubuque 2015 $22,658.00
Microfilming Waverly Democrat and Bremer County Independent newspapers, 2009-2013 Waverly Public Library Waverly Bremer 2015 $1,350.00
Expansion of Putnam Museum's Archives Putnam Museum and Science Center Davenport Scott 2015 $21,985.00
New Deal Mural Preservation- Mays Island Historic District, Cedar Rapids, IA City of Cedar Rapids, IA Cedar Rapids Linn 2015 $27,770.00
Digitization of Scrapbooks and Photograph Albums Sioux City Public Museum/Sioux City Museum & Historical Association Sioux City Woodbury 2015 $5,168.00
Tabor Historical Society Documents Preservation Program Tabor Historical Society Tabor Fremont 2015 $2,116.00
Leet/Hassler Farmstead Scale House Restoration Manning Community Foundation Manning Carroll 2015 $4,740.00
Processing and Preserving the Documentary Collection of Artist Marie Cook Cedar Falls Historical Society Cedar Falls Black Hawk 2015 $5,540.00
Loemker Lantern Slide Show Loras College, Center for Dubuque History Dubuque Dubuque 2015 $10,970.00
Nomination of West Liberty Fairgrounds to the NRHP Muscatine County Historic Preservation Commission West Liberty Muscatine 2015 $12,000.00
Preserving and digitizing the UI Museum of Natural History glass slide and negative collection The University of Iowa – Museum of Natural History Iowa City Johnson 2015 $4,302.00
Fonda Public Library Newspaper Archives Fonda Public Library Fonda Pocahontas 2015 $3,120.00
Hardacre Theater National Register of Historic Places Nomination Project Hardacre Theater Preservation Association, Inc Tipton Cedar 2015 $3,000.00
The Rural School Collections at UNI-CHRIEC: Phase III - Preservation and Conservation University of Northern Iowa - Center for the History of Rural Iowa Education and Culture Cedar Falls Black Hawk 2015 $13,417.00
Nomination of proposed Historic Courthouse Square Commercial District in Winterset to the NRHP Madison County Historic Preservation Commission Winterset Madison 2015 $8,000.00
Benton County Courthouse Tower Clock Project Vinton Industries LTD d/b/a Vinton Unlimited Vinton Benton 2015 $34,084.00
Preservation of the Documents Pertaining to Iowa's Ancient Human Remains Office of the State Archaeologist, University of Iowa Iowa City Johnson 2015 $10,182.00
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