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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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Microfilming, Digitization and Preserving UIU's Student Newspaper - The Collegian Upper Iowa University - Henderson-Wilder Library Fayette Fayette 2014 $3,505.00
Milwaukee Railroad Shops Historic District: Repurposing Roundhouse for Exhibits Siouxland Historical Railroad Association Sioux City Woodbury 2015 $38,400.00
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
Muscatine County and the Civil War: First Person Interpreters in Middle Schools Muscatine Art Center / City of Muscatine Muscatine Muscatine 2019 $4,270.00
Museum Collection Storage Project Amana Heritage Society Amana Iowa 2014 $3,000.00
Museum Collections Inventory and Storage Upgrade Amana Heritage Society Amana Iowa 2019 $9,570.00
National Register Nomination for the Laura Musser McColm Historic District Muscatine Art Center/City of Muscatine Muscatine Muscatine 2016 $5,000.00
National Register Nomination of Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, Iowa Aspen Grove Cemetery Association Burlington Des Moines 2021 $4,800.00
National Register of Historic Places Colfax "Spring City" Commercial Historic District Colfax Main Street Colfax Jasper 2018 $6,460.00
National Register of Historic Places Nomination: The Decorah Commercial Historic District Decorah Historic Preservation Commission Decorah Winneshiek 2016 $25,000.00
New Deal Mural Preservation- Mays Island Historic District, Cedar Rapids, IA City of Cedar Rapids, IA Cedar Rapids Linn 2015 $27,770.00
Nichols Commercial Historic District National Register of Historic Places Project Muscatine County Historic Preservation Commission Muscatine Muscatine 2019 $5,500.00
Nomination of Downtown Commercial Historic District in Burlington to the NRHP City of Burlington - Historic Preservation Commission Burlington Des Moines 2014 $15,305.00
Nomination of Fairport Fish Hatchery Historic District to NRHP Muscatine County Historic Preservation Commission Muscatine Muscatine 2022 $12,620.00
Nomination of Four Properties in Rural Henry County to the National Register of Historic Places Henry County Historic Preservation Commission Salem Henry 2015 $11,600.00
Nomination of proposed Historic Courthouse Square Commercial District in Winterset to the NRHP Madison County Historic Preservation Commission Winterset Madison 2015 $8,000.00
Nomination of Proposed Loras College Historic District in Dubuque to the National Register of Historic Places Loras College Dubuque Dubuque 2018 $6,600.00
Nomination of Six Historic Residential Properties in Cherokee for the National Register of Historic Places Cherokee Historic Preservation Commission Cherokee Cherokee 2019 $7,742.00
Nomination of the Fair Oaks Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places City of Muscatine Muscatine Muscatine 2019 $17,245.00