State Historical Society of Iowa
04/19/19 11:59 PM CDT
Grants to Iowa nonprofit corporations, government agencies, tribes, individuals, and businesses for the preservation and development of historical assets. Funding may be used for museums, documentary collections, historic preservation, or to preserve buildings once used as country schools.
The Historical Resource Development Program provides funding for the categories of Documentary Collections, Historic Preservation, and Museums. For Eligible Project Types and Activities, see:
- For Documentary Collections: https://iowaculture.gov/sites/default/files/history-grants-hrdp-guidelines-documentarycollections-ex-04-20-2019.pdf#page=1
- For Historic Preservation: https://iowaculture.gov/sites/default/files/history-grants-hrdp-guidelines-historicpreservation-ex-04-20-2019.pdf#page=1
- For Museums: https://iowaculture.gov/sites/default/files/history-grants-hrdp-guidelines-museums-ex-04-20-2019.pdf#page=1
Country School Grant Program: Grant funding will assist in the preservation and maintenance of one-room or two-room buildings once used as country schools in Iowa. In addition to preservation efforts, grant funds may be used for historical interpretation or educational activities relating to the school. Priority is given to projects that include an educational component. Eligible expenses include FICA and unemployment taxes, and costs of producing any required reports and products.
All projects will:
- Involve Iowa’s historical resources.
- When involving personal property, applicants will document a legal relationship to the property and/or owner agreement to the project upon request.
- Encourage and support the economic and cultural health and development of the state and the communities in which the resources are located.
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
GrantWatch ID#: 179854
While requests up to $100,000 are eligible, applicants are encouraged to consider requests not exceeding $50,000.
Country School Grant Program: The maximum award to any one applicant is $5,000 per year.
Projects funded will begin on July 1, 2019.
Grant projects cannot begin before the grantee receives a fully-signed contract. Expenses incurred prior to the contract start date cannot be included in a project.
Projects in the historic preservation category will have a scheduled kick-off conference call between the grantee and the State Historic Preservation Office prior to project work beginning.
Projects must be completed by November 30, 2021.
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
- Private corporations and businesses
Non-residents may apply if the project resource is located in Iowa.
1. Every project in the Historic Preservation category must involve a trained professional in a discipline appropriate to the project scope. Projects in the Documentary Collections and Museums categories are strongly encouraged to involve a trained professional in a discipline appropriate to the project scope.
2. Historical Resources:
- All government, nonprofit corporation, or Indian tribe applicants shall demonstrate that the historical resource is accessible to the public no less than an average of 16 hours per week or shall provide a statement concerning actions to be taken in the forthcoming 36 months after the grant award to provide the above-specified accessibility of the funded project to the public, unless access is restricted by specific federal or state code. Archaeological sites that are part of funded projects are not required by this program to be accessible to the public.
- All private corporations, businesses, and individual applicants shall demonstrate that the historical resources which benefit from being acquired, developed or preserved, or the portions of the historical resource so benefited, shall be accessible to the public no less than an average of 96 hours per year or shall provide a statement concerning actions to be taken in the forthcoming 36 months after the grant award to provide the above-specified accessibility of the funded project to the public, unless access is restricted by specific federal or state code. Archaeological sites that are part of funded projects are not required by this program to be accessible to the public.
- Any applicant who receives a direct or indirect appropriation from the Legislature for a project or portion of a project is ineligible for a Historical Resource Development Program grant for that same project during the fiscal year for which the appropriation is made. The "project" includes any related activities, such as construction, restoration, supplies, equipment, consulting, or other services.
- The costs of preparing the grant application
−Public relations and marketing
In addition, the following are ineligible uses of funding:
- The Enhancement and Protection/Historical Resource Development Program shall not award grants to be used for goods or services obtained outside the state, unless the grantee demonstrates that it is neither feasible nor prudent to obtain the goods or services within the state.
- The grantee, a member of the grantee’s family or grantee’s board members cannot be paid with HRDP grant funds for work completed as part of the grant project.
- No appropriated state funds shall be used by a grantee to match the grantee’s historical resource development program grant.
- An applicant shall not apply for or use any program funds for the purpose of re-granting.
Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. CDT, April 19, 2019. Late, incomplete or ineligible applications will not be accepted.
Applications are reviewed as submitted. New application information or subsequent application clarification submitted after a program deadline is not considered. All applicants will be notified of funding decisions by July 1, 2019 via email.
Samples of successful applications are available to applicants upon request.
All Historical Resource Development Program projects include both grant funds and matching funds. The match ratio varies depending upon the type of applicant. For Match requirements and information, see https://iowaculture.gov/sites/default/files/history-grants-hrdp-guidelines-ex-04-20-2019.pdf#page=4. Country School grants require dollar-for-dollar match, with at least one-half of the match in cash.
An applicant may not submit more than one application in any single category in any grant cycle. Only one eligible application per grant category from a single applicant will be reviewed.
An applicant may not submit more than two applications in any grant cycle. A second grant application must be submitted in a different category than the first.
Applicants funded in two consecutive fiscal years in the same grant category are not eligible to receive funding in the same grant category during the next fiscal year.
Country School Grant Program: https://iowaculture.gov/about-us/about/grants/country-school-grant-program
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To apply online: https://iowahistory.slideroom.com/#/Login
Kristen Vander Molen, Grants Manager
State Historical Society of Iowa
600 E. Locust St.
Des Moines, IA 50319