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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
Consolidating and Preserving the Cedar Falls Historical Society’s Collections Cedar Falls Historical Society Cedar Falls Black Hawk 2018 $14,563.00
Cook Family Portrait Restoration West Des Moines Historical Society West Des Moines Polk 2021 $3,500.00
Correctionville Newspaper Digitization Project Correctionville Public Library Correctionville Woodbury 2020 $4,000.00
Creating a New Exhibit about Northwest Iowa Archaeology Tiel Sanford Memorial Fund Cherokee Cherokee 2020 $13,861.00
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
Creston Restored Depot Awnings Creston Historic Preservation Commission Creston Union 2021 $3,616.00
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
Critical storage upgrade for the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History insect collection The University of Iowa Iowa City Johnson 2013 $14,305.00
Cultural History Using Projectile Points Kalona Historical Society Kalona Washington 2017 $975.00
Dam Gate Outdoor Industrial Sculpture Exhibit Winneshiek County Historic Preservation Commission Decorah Winneshiek 2021 $4,308.00
Des Moines Art Center I. M. Pei Building - Levitt Auditorium Renovation Edmundson Art Foundation, Inc. Des Moines Polk 2017 $50,000.00
Development and Installation of Interactives to Tell the Laura Musser McColm Story Muscatine Art Center/City of Muscatine Muscatine Muscatine 2016 $9,375.00
DeWitt Observer Newspaper Preservation and Digitization Project Central Community Historical Society DeWitt Clinton 2021 $8,613.00
Digital Preservation Ellsworth Historical Museum, City of Ellsworth Ellsworth Hamilton 2015 $2,725.00
Digitalization of Yearbooks Mellinger Memorial Library Morning Sun Louisa 2013 $800.00
Digitization and Microfilming of the Mapleton Press Fisher Whiting Memorial Library Mapleton Monona 2018 $1,006.00
Digitization of City of Dubuque Directories into Searchable (OCR) PDFs Available on CD and Website City of Dubuque Dubuque Dubuque 2014 $2,970.00
Digitization of Mediapolis newspapers for Free Public Access, 1886-2019 Mediapolis Public Library Foundation Mediapolis Des Moines 2022 $6,097.00
Digitization of Mount Pleasant Newspapers for Free Public Access, 1849-2019 Mount Pleasant Historic Preservation Commission Mount Pleasant Henry 2021 $25,456.00
Digitization of Scrapbooks and Photograph Albums Sioux City Public Museum/Sioux City Museum & Historical Association Sioux City Woodbury 2015 $5,168.00