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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 Sort descending City County Fiscal year Grant Amount
Creating a New Exhibit about Northwest Iowa Archaeology Tiel Sanford Memorial Fund Cherokee Cherokee 2020 $13,861.00
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Dubuque Wood Window Restoration Project Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Dubuque Dubuque Dubuque 2022 $30,000.00
Farm House Museum Roof Replacement University Museums Ames Story 2023 $50,000.00
Celebrating Survival: Creating the Oakville Archaeological and Historical Museum University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist Iowa City Johnson 2014 $14,759.00
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
Lemberger Collection Digitization Project University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls Black Hawk 2023 $26,383.00
The Postville Project: Documenting a Community in Transition (Continuing Phase #2) University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls Black Hawk 2014 $24,992.00
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
Microfilming, Digitization and Preserving UIU's Student Newspaper - The Collegian Upper Iowa University - Henderson-Wilder Library Fayette Fayette 2014 $3,505.00
Microfilm issues of the Keosauqua Republican and other area newspapers. Van Buren County Historical Society Keosauqua Van Buren 2015 $400.00
Restoring the Museum's Exterior to Re-establish Integrity Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum Decorah Winneshiek 2023 $50,000.00
Benton County Courthouse Tower Clock Project Vinton Industries LTD d/b/a Vinton Unlimited Vinton Benton 2015 $34,084.00
Microfilming Waverly Democrat and Bremer County Independent newspapers, 2009-2013 Waverly Public Library Waverly Bremer 2015 $1,350.00
Microfilm, Digital Format, Web Based Search of West Bend Journal Newspaper West Bend Public Library West Bend Palo Alto 2016 $1,542.00
Cook Family Portrait Restoration West Des Moines Historical Society West Des Moines Polk 2021 $3,500.00
Preserving the Farmhouse at the Garst Farmstead Historic District Whiterock Conservancy Coon Rapids Guthrie 2018 $39,122.00
Nomination of Wilton Commercial Historic District to the NRHP Wilton Development Corporation Wilton Muscatine 2016 $9,735.00
Mansion Museum Portico Project Winnebago Historical Society Forest City Winnebago 2016 $50,000.00
Dam Gate Outdoor Industrial Sculpture Exhibit Winneshiek County Historic Preservation Commission Decorah Winneshiek 2021 $4,308.00
Bodensteiner House: Roof Replacement, Fascia/Soffit Repair, and Eliminating Invasive Animals Winneshiek County Historical Society Decorah Winneshiek 2021 $7,631.00