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Historical Resource Development Program

Apply for 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. The next round opens in February 2024 for projects getting underway after July 1, 2024.

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

Applications are now being accepted for the Emergency Historical Resource Development Program. 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 City Sort descending County Fiscal year Grant Amount
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
Burkhard Riegel Blacksmith Shop Museum Collection City of Clermont Clermont Fayette 2013 $2,520.00
Larrabee School Storm Window Restoration City of Clermont Clermont Fayette 2022 $18,000.00
Burkhard Riegel Blacksmith Shop Restoration: Electrical Renovation City of Clermont Clermont Fayette 2014 $6,039.00
Establishing the Roots of a Collections Room To Promote the Budding of a Collection Midwest Lumber Museum Clinton Clinton 2015 $3,000.00
Conservation of Mural Of 1890s Riverfront and Joyce (Lumber Baron) Portrait Midwest Lumber Museum dba The Sawmill Museum Clinton Clinton 2020 $4,750.00
Historic Clinton Newspaper Digitization Project Clinton Public Library Clinton Clinton 2015 $6,305.00
National Register of Historic Places Colfax "Spring City" Commercial Historic District Colfax Main Street Colfax Jasper 2018 $6,460.00
Colfax Historical Society, Inc - Phase 1 - Museum Interpretive Area – Coal Mining Colfax Historical Society, Inc. Colfax Jasper 2013 $5,315.00
Preserving the Farmhouse at the Garst Farmstead Historic District Whiterock Conservancy Coon Rapids Guthrie 2018 $39,122.00
The Community Stories Project Exhibit Johnson County Historical Society Coralville Johnson 2023 $20,292.00
Correctionville Newspaper Digitization Project Correctionville Public Library Correctionville Woodbury 2020 $4,000.00
Bregant House to the National Register of Historic Places Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Alliance Council Bluffs Pottawattamie 2013 $1,557.00
Archival Preservation at the Historic Squirrel Cage Jail Historical Society of Pottawattamie County Council Bluffs Pottawattamie 2018 $1,226.00
Conserving and Exhibiting the Sketches of George Simons Pottawattamie Arts, Culture and Entertainment Council Bluffs Pottawattamie 2020 $33,838.00
Intensive Level Survey and Evaluation of Downtown Oakland Pottawattamie County Development Corporation Council Bluffs Pottawattamie 2014 $6,520.00
Historic General Dodge House Interpretation & Education Film Proposal Historic General Dodge House Council Bluffs Iowa 2021 $10,000.00
McCormick's Vault Interactive Exhibit Pottawattamie Arts Culture & Entertainment Council Bluffs Pottawattamie 2021 $5,779.00
Creston Restored Depot Awnings Creston Historic Preservation Commission Creston Union 2021 $3,616.00
Saint Patrick's Catholic Church of the Irish Settlement Stained Glass Window Restoration Saint Patrick's Irish Settlement Cumming Warren 2016 $23,580.00