Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

Grants to Iowa Cities and Counties for Preservation Projects and Pre-Development Activities

Certified Local Government (CLG) Grant Program


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs - State of Iowa Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and National Park Service (NPS)
Array ( )

Geographic Focus
USA: Iowa

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/15/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Iowa counties, cities, and land-use districts for historic preservation activities. Funding is intended for projects that preserve local heritage sites. Grants may be used for historic surveys and evaluations, preservation planning, public education projects, planning projects, and preparing a nomination for the national recognition of a historic site.

Working closely with national organizations as the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions and the National Main Street Program, the CLG program seeks to:

  1. Develop and maintain local historic preservation programs that will influence local decisions critical to historic properties, and
  2. Ensure the broadest possible participation of local governments in the national historic preservation program while maintaining preservation standards established by the Secretary of the Interior.

CLG grants are intended to support local preservation efforts. They can be used to underwrite the following types of activities: Planning for Preservation, Planning, Survey/Evaluation, Registration, Pre-Development and Public Education.

For information about eligible project categories, see:

Allowable Costs:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
To qualify for a CLG grant, a community must meet two criteria:
1) Have a certified local historic preservation program: The city or county must have an established local historic preservation program by ordinance or resolution, applied for and received Certified Local Government status from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
2) Be current in CLG Annual Report submittals: The city or county must be current in their submission of Iowa CLG Annual Report forms. This means that the CLG city or county has submitted all Iowa annual report forms through the prior year and is in good standing.

The grant is awarded to the city or county government. Typically, the city clerk or county auditor serves as the fiscal agent for the grant. That person is responsible for issuing payment to the consultant and paying other bills associated with the project. That same person will receive the reimbursement check from the state (typically at the conclusion of the project) and deposit it in the local government’s account.

CLG grants cannot be used to cover the cost of preparing the grant applications, construction or rehabilitation projects, landscaping, building maintenance, acquisition of property, or the cost of moving properties. CLG grants cannot be used to cover the cost of doing archival research unrelated to historic properties or the cost of workshops, publications, flyers, exhibits that do not directly relate to historic preservation. CLG grants cannot be used for museum projects that do not directly relate to historic preservation.

Unallowable Costs:

Pre-Application Information
Applicants can submit a draft application for review and comment. The deadline for draft applications is November 30, 2023, at 11:59pm.

The deadline for final applications is December 15, 2023 at 11:59pm.

Applicants will be notified in December or early January.

A CLG city or county may submit more than one application per grant round.

The match ratio for all projects is 60/40. The federal grant should be sixty percent (60%) of the total cost for the project. The local government provides forty percent (40%) of the total cost for the project. If the total cost of a project is $10,000, then the requested grant should be for $6,000.00 and the applicant match provided by the local government should be $4,000.00.

Grants are paid on a cost-reimbursement basis.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
There is no cap for grant projects but please use common sense in making your requests. For example, a request for $25,000 would mean that one CLG would be receiving a quarter of the CLG grant allocation. Unless the project was extremely compelling, it is unlikely that $25,000 or more would be awarded.

Term of Contract
Work can begin when the CLG receives the Notice to Proceed and a Grant in Aid Agreement (aka Contract) has been signed by the State and the Chief Elected Official of the CLG. This typically happens in January. Costs incurred prior to this will not qualify as grant related expenses and will not be reimbursed or counted as match.

Generally, preliminary work, such as sending Requests for Proposals and signing on consultants, will begin in February following the announcement in December. Grant projects that are not underway by June 1 are subject to cancellation. Projects must be completed by June 30 of the following year.

Contact Information
Submit a draft application or final application:

If you have questions, please contact

If you have technical issues with SlideRoom, please email

Iowa State Historic Preservation Office
1963 Bell Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50315

Grant News
Live Chat Chat Now