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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 Sort descending Applicant City County Fiscal year Grant Amount
Polk County Vital Records Preservation Project Polk County Recorder’s Office Des Moines Polk 2015 $30,000.00
Portico, Transom, and Sidelight Restoration of the Landers Home Winneshiek County Historical Society Decorah Winneshiek 2022 $5,265.00
Preliminary Inventory and Assessment of the Collection of the Dubuque Boat and Boiler Works Dubuque County Historical Society Dubuque Dubuque 2014 $24,130.00
Preparation of National Historic Landmark Nomination of the REA Power Plant Franklin County Historical Society Hampton Franklin 2021 $17,085.00
Preparation of National Historic Landmark nomination of the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa North Iowa Cultural Center & Museum (Surf Ballroom & Museum) Clear Lake Cerro Gordo 2013 $12,895.00
Preservation & Digitization of Cornellian Student Newspaper and Yearbooks Cornell College Mount Vernon Linn 2016 $2,910.00
Preservation & Digitization of Engineering Bachelors Theses from the Early 20th The University of Iowa Iowa City Johnson 2017 $27,253.00
Preservation and Archiving of Dubuque YMCA/YWCA Historical Documents and Items Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA Dubuque Dubuque 2017 $920.00
Preservation and Development of Spurrier School Liberty Hall Historic Site Lamoni Decatur 2022 $4,500.00
Preservation and Digitization of Hartman Reserve Slide Collection Friends of Hartman Reserve, Inc. Cedar Falls Black Hawk 2017 $2,265.00
Preservation Microfilming and Digitization of the Boone News Republican Ericson Public Library Boone Boone 2023 $13,730.00
Preservation of 1918 City Hall, Fire Station and Auditorium Big Sioux River Valley Historical Society Hawarden Sioux 2015 $42,303.00
Preservation of Buena Vista University Historic Documents Buena Vista University Library Storm Lake Buena Vista 2014 $13,676.00
Preservation of Historic Photographs Grinnell Historical Museum Grinnell Poweshiek 2017 $5,000.00
Preservation of Iowa's Archaeological Photographs: Phase II Office of the State Archaeologist, University of Iowa Iowa City Johnson 2013 $39,776.00
Preservation of original Maynard Reece fish paintings Iowa Department of Natural Resources Boone Boone 2015 $20,530.00
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
Preservation of the Documents Pertaining to Iowa's Archaeological Sites Office of the State Archaeologist/University of Iowa Iowa City Statewide 2017 $36,588.00
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 of the Mary Helms Farm House Collection Madrid Historical Society Madrid Boone 2017 $1,312.00