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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release April 30, 2013

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

Country School grant application deadline is May 15

REAP-funded program helps Iowans preserve historical resources

(DES MOINES) – The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is reminding Iowans that applications for its Country School Grant Program are due next month.

The program, administered by the State Historical Society of Iowa – a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs – provides up to $5,000 per applicant for the preservation and maintenance of Iowa’s one and two-room country schools. The funds also may be used for interpreting the history of country schools or for educational activities taking place in a country school.

Country school applications must be submitted on-line at www.iowagrants.gov by May 15, 2013. When required, hard copies of application materials must be postmarked by May 15, 2013, or received in the Grants office by 4:30 p.m. on May 15, 2013, at 600 E. Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319. Projects funded in this grant cycle will begin on July 1, 2013. Projects must be completed by November 30, 2015.

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.

More information is available at www.iowahistory.org or by calling 515-281-4228.



The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.



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