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Historical Resource Development Program (HRDP)

Grants to Iowa Agencies, Nonprofits, Businesses, and
Individuals to Preserve and Develop State Resources

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Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs - State Historical Society of Iowa

Deadline Date:

06/01/20 11:59 PM CDT


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Grants to Iowa government agencies, nonprofit organizations, tribal societies and governments, businesses, and individuals for preserving and developing state resources. Funding may be used for museums, documentary collections, and historic preservation. All projects must involve Iowa’s historical resources. Funded projects will encourage and support the economic and cultural health and development of the state and the communities in which the resources are located.

Grant funding is intended 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. 

The following broad project types can be funded with Historical Resource Development Program grants:

  • Acquisition and development of historical resources
  • Preservation and conservation of historical resources
  • Interpretation of historical resources
  • Professional training and educational programs on the acquisition, development, preservation, conservation and interpretation of historical resources

All funded projects must fall within one of the following grant categories. Instructions for each category are linked below:

    GrantWatch ID#:

    GrantWatch ID#: 179854

    Estimated Size of Grant:

    Up to $50,000

    Term of Contract:

    Projects funded in this grant cycle will begin on July 1, 2020. Projects must be completed by November 30, 2022. Final report forms must be completed by December 31, 2022.

    Additional Eligibility Criteria:

    The following entities are eligible to receive Historical Resource Development Program grants:
    - Nonprofit corporations
    - Governmental units
    - Traditional tribal societies and governments of recognized resident American Indian tribes in Iowa
    - Individuals
    - Private corporations and businesses

    All projects must involve Iowa’s historical resources. Non-residents may apply if the project resource is located in Iowa.

    For Restrictions, see General Guidelines at:

    Pre-Application Information:

    Grant applications for the Resource Enhancement and Protection/Historical Resource Development FY 2021 regular grant cycle must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. CDT, June 1, 2020. All applicants will be notified of funding decisions by July 1, 2020 via email.

    All projects involving personal property must, upon request, document a legal relationship to the property and/or owner agreement to the project.

    Applicants must submit applications via the State Historical Society of Iowa’s SlideRoom, an online application portal.

    For guidelines including match information, see General Guidelines at:

    For scoring rubrics for each category, see Review Criteria section of the URL for Full Text below.


    Contact Information:

    Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


    Questions about the grant application process:
    Kristen Vander Molen, Grants Manager – 515-281-4228,

    For questions about projects in the documentary collections category, see contacts in the Staff Resources on

    For questions about projects in the historic preservation category, see contacts in the Staff Resources section on

    For questions about projects in the museums category, see contacts in the Staff Resources section on

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