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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 City Sort descending County Fiscal year Grant Amount
Phase 1 Archaeological Survey: Railroad Labor Camps Milwaukee Railroad Shops Historic District Siouxland Historical Railroad Association Sioux City Woodbury 2022 $32,250.00
RailWalk Heritage Education Trail - Milwaukee Railroad Shops Historic District Siouxland Historical Railroad Association Sioux City Woodbury 2017 $46,555.00
Preserving History Through Newspaper Digitization: The Catholic Globe The Catholic Globe, Diocese of Sioux City Sioux City Woodbury 2019 $10,937.00
York Comes to Life Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center Sioux City Woodbury 2022 $25,000.00
Digitization of Scrapbooks and Photograph Albums Sioux City Public Museum/Sioux City Museum & Historical Association Sioux City Woodbury 2015 $5,168.00
Restoration of the Upper South Hotel Phase 2 Amana Colonies Historical Sites Foundation South Aman Iowa 2021 $44,687.00
Saint Ansgar Public School National Register of Historic Places Project St. Ansgar Historic School Project Inc. St. Ansgar Mitchell 2019 $3,500.00
Restoration of Historic Windows in the German American Museum and Library St. Lucas Historical Society St. Lucas Fayette 2019 $39,300.00
Preserve and Provide Digital Access to Buena Vista University Campus Newspapers Buena Vista University Archives Storm Lake Buena Vista 2018 $10,411.00
Microfilm and Digitize Buena Vista University Alumni Publications Buena Vista University Storm Lake Buena Vista 2020 $2,491.00
Preservation of Buena Vista University Historic Documents Buena Vista University Library Storm Lake Buena Vista 2014 $13,676.00
Lodomillo Township #4, Clayton County, Country School Renovation Friends of Lodomillo #4 Clayton County - Heritage Museum of the Knights Strawberry Point Clayton 2022 $5,000.00
Hotel Stuart National Register of Historic Places Nomination AI Properties LLC Stuart Guthrie 2013 $4,000.00
Swedish-American Museum Building Rehabilitation Swedish Heritage Society Foundation Swedesburg Henry 2021 $33,640.00
Tabor Historical Society Documents Preservation Program Tabor Historical Society Tabor Fremont 2015 $2,116.00
Preservation of the Reverend John Todd House Tabor Historical Society Tabor Fremont 2014 $50,000.00
Hardacre Theater National Register of Historic Places Nomination Project Hardacre Theater Preservation Association, Inc Tipton Cedar 2015 $3,000.00
Sumner School (aka Abbe Creek School) Museum Preservation Linn County Toddville Linn 2014 $50,000.00
Collections Storage Renovation Living History Farms Urbandale Polk 2019 $50,000.00
Repainting of the Historic Flynn Barn Living History Farms Urbandale Polk 2021 $7,875.00