Historical Resource Develop Program application deadline is May 15
REAP-funded program helps Iowans preserve historical resources

For immediate release March 20, 2008


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

(DES MOINES) – The deadline for submitting applications to the State Historical Society of Iowa’s Historical Resource Development Program (HRDP) is May 15, 2008.

HRDP applications must be received by 4:30 p.m., May 15, 2008 in the SHSI offices at 600 E. Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319. More information is available at www.iowahistory.org or by calling 515-281-4228.

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, 2008 and must be completed by Oct. 31, 2010. 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.

Last year, the State Historical Society of Iowa awarded $504,895 in REAP/HRDP grants to 30 organizations across the state for historic preservation, museum and documentary collections projects.

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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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