Historic Site Preservation Grant applications due Sept. 15
Emergency grants also available for properties, and museum and document collections

For immediate release August 26, 2008


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

(DES MOINES) – Applications for the regular round of the State Historical Society’s Historic Site Preservation Grant (HSPG) are due Sept. 15, 2008.

The grant provides funds to acquire, repair, rehabilitate and develop historic sites that preserve, interpret or promote Iowa’s cultural heritage. Projects funded by this program must promote an understanding of the record of human experience within Iowa.

Grant requests must be between $40,000 and $100,000 and require a dollar-for-dollar cash match. Projects funded by the grant are limited to work on vertical infrastructure, such as land acquisitions or major building rehabilitation.

Applications must be postmarked Sept. 15, 2008, or delivered to the Grants Office by 4:30 p.m., Sept. 15; attention Kristen Vander Molen, 600 E. Locust, Des Moines IA 50319.

Meanwhile, SHSI emergency grants are available for storm-damaged historic properties, and museum and document collections.

“Iowa historic properties, museums and document collections are the cornerstones that Iowans and visitors to our state study, research and enjoy as they learn about Iowa’s rich history and proud traditions,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Cyndi Pederson said. “As we continue to recover and rebuild from this summer’s floods and tornados, we are making these emergency grants available in support of the rehabilitation and preservation efforts of Iowa’s historical properties and artifacts.”

Emergency grants are available through the HSPG program and the Historic Resource Development Program (HRDP).

HSPG emergency grants up to $50,000 may be awarded for stabilization of a storm-damaged historical site located in a county with a state-declared disaster proclamation. Properties listed or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, or a facility in which Iowa’s history or the heritage of Iowa’s people is interpreted, are eligible. Any individual, nonprofit organization, American Indian Tribe, local political subdivision of the state, or state agency that own or is responsible for construction, maintenance and operation of a historical site is eligible.

HRDP emergency grants up to $15,000 may be awarded for a storm-damaged museum or documentary collection project located in a county with a state-declared disaster designation. Any individual, business, government, non-profit or American Indian Tribe is eligible.

Visit www.iowahistory.org or contact Kristen Vander Molen at 515-281-4228 or kristen.vandermolen@iowa.gov for more information.


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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