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State Historical Society of Iowa

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 Sort descending City County Fiscal year Grant Amount
Loemker Lantern Slide Show Loras College, Center for Dubuque History Dubuque Dubuque 2015 $10,970.00
Hotel Charitone Rehabilitation Lucas County Preservation Alliance Chariton Lucas 2014 $50,000.00
Organization and Preservation of Waldorf College Archive Luise V. Hanson Library, Waldorf College Forest City Winnebago 2014 $957.00
Organization and Preservation of Waldorf College Archive Luise V. Hanson Library, Waldorf College Forest City Winnebago 2015 $1,500.00
Geophysical and Topographic Survey of the Capoli Effigy Mound Group Luther College Decorah Winneshiek 2019 $26,987.00
Winneshiek County Newspaper Indexing and Digitization Luther College & Winneshiek County Historical Society Decorah Winneshiek 2019 $30,016.00
Optimizing Collections Data Accessibility Through the Implementation of Collective Access Software Luther College Anthropology Lab Decorah Winneshiek 2013 $13,920.00
Winterset City Park Historic District Nomination Madison County Historic Preservation Commission Winterset Madison 2020 $9,600.00
Nomination of proposed Historic Courthouse Square Commercial District in Winterset to the NRHP Madison County Historic Preservation Commission Winterset Madison 2015 $8,000.00
Madison County Courthouse Exterior Restoration Project Madison County Historic Preservation Commission Winterset Madison 2021 $50,000.00
Research Library Archive Preservation Project Madison County Historical Society WInterset Madison 2017 $10,000.00
Preservation of the Mary Helms Farm House Collection Madrid Historical Society Madrid Boone 2017 $1,312.00
Union Block Preservation (Mount Pleasant, Iowa) Main Street Mount Pleasant Mount Pleasant Henry 2015 $42,303.00
Manchester Newspaper Microfilm and Digitization Project Manchester Public Library Manchester Delaware 2019 $9,025.00
Leet/Hassler Farmstead Scale House Restoration Manning Community Foundation Manning Carroll 2015 $4,740.00
Preserving Manning's Past Manning Historic Preservation Commission Manning Carroll 2021 $1,595.00
Maquoketa Carnegie Library Tuckpointing Maquoketa Public Library Maquoketa Jackson 2022 $30,000.00
Marion Alumni Association Historic Preservation Marion Independent School Foundation and Alumni Association Marion Linn 2022 $5,000.00
Kibbe Building Restoration Marshalltown Central Business District - Main Street Iowa Marshalltown Marshall 2013 $34,500.00
Steve Rye Photo Collection Preservation Mason City Public Library Public Library Foundation Mason City Cerro Gordo 2017 $1,500.00