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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
Rediscovering the Weeks Legacy Salisbury House Foundation Des Moines Polk 2013 $11,900.00
Rehabilitation of Guttenberg Municipal Building City of Guttenberg Guttenberg Clayton 2018 $50,000.00
Rehabilitation of Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge at Rainbow Bend Park-Calhoun County Calhoun County Historic Preservation Commission Rockwell City Calhoun 2022 $21,000.00
Rehabilitation of the Nishna Heritage Museum Oakland Historical Society Oakland Pottawattamie 2013 $14,665.00
Reimagining Our Historic Sharon High School Friends of Historic Sharon Community Center Iowa City Johnson 2023 $5,000.00
Repainting of the Historic Flynn Barn Living History Farms Urbandale Polk 2021 $7,875.00
Repair of Museum Building Housing Collection Items and Genealogy Records. Fremont County Historical Society Sidney Fremont 2020 $5,262.00
Repairs to Woodlawn Cemetery Shelter and Gates City of Washington Historic Preservation Commission Washington Washington 2019 $26,983.00
Research Library Archive Preservation Project Madison County Historical Society WInterset Madison 2017 $10,000.00
Restoration & Preservation of Historic Spirit of the American Doughboy Sculpture City of Mechanicsville Mechanicsville Cedar 2023 $9,669.00
Restoration and Conservation of Historic Stained Glass Windows First Presbyterian Church, Davenport Iowa Davenport Scott 2022 $29,959.00
Restoration and Display of Historic Church Painting The Church of Saint Mary of the Assumption of West Point, Iowa West Point Lee 2016 $7,297.00
Restoration and Preservation of 2nd Deck of Steamboat William M. Black, Phase 2 Dubuque County Historical Society Dubuque Dubuque 2017 $48,500.00
Restoration and Preservation of Perimeter Walkway of 2nd Deck of Steamboat William M. Black Dubuque County Historical Society Dubuque Dubuque 2015 $34,275.00
Restoration and Preservation of the William M. Black’s Hurricane Deck Roof Dubuque County Historical Society Dubuque Dubuque 2020 $50,000.00
Restoration and Promotion of Historic Church Painting St. John's Lutheran Foundation, Inc.; Des Moines, IA Des Moines Polk 2018 $4,336.00
Restoration of Art from Pacific Juntion, Iowa's Museum from the Flood of 2019 Mills County Historical Society and Museum Glenwood Mills 2021 $6,186.00
Restoration of Barhydt Chapel Stained Glass Window Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Inc. Fairfield Jefferson 2013 $25,000.00
Restoration of Historic Windows in the German American Museum and Library Saint Lucas Historical Society Saint Lucas Fayette 2021 $18,000.00
Restoration of Historic Windows in the German American Museum and Library St. Lucas Historical Society St. Lucas Fayette 2019 $39,300.00