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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release March 3, 2009

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

Historical resource grant applications due May 15

(DES MOINES) – The deadline for submitting applications to the State Historical Society of Iowa for Historical Resource Development Program grants is Friday, May 15, 2009.

Applications are available at www.iowahistory.org and must be downloaded and sent to: Grants Manager, State Historical Society of Iowa, 600 E. Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa, 50319 by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2009.

HRDP is funded by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Act (REAP), passed by the Iowa General Assembly in 1989. Through REAP, local government units, various organizations and private individuals can receive funding for eligible projects.

 REAP/HRDP provides grants to preserve, conserve, interpret and educate the public about historical resources in categories related to historic preservation of the built environment, museum collections and documentary materials such as diaries, letters, photographs and newspapers.

 Projects funded in this grant cycle will begin July 1, 2009 and must be completed by Nov. 30, 2011. Projects are evaluated based on the significance of the historical resource; the proposed scope of work; the project’s impact on the local community; and the degree to which the budget is reasonable, appropriate to the project, complete and mathematically correct.

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The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and is a trustee of Iowa's historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa's past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa's historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.

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