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Financial Assistance for Historic Schools

Country School Grant Program

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

The State Historical Society of Iowa has changed to an on-line application for the Country School Grant Program. The grant application is available at www.iowagrants.gov

For assistance with registering as a new user, please see the Applicant and Grantee Instructions for Registering.


  • Application Deadline: April 30, 2015

Guides and Awards

Historic Preservation Tax Credits

State and federal rehabilitation tax credits are available for qualified rehabilitation of historic properties. Qualified rehabilitation of historic properties includes consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office to ensure the project meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings. The properties must be eligible for, or listed on, the National Register of Historic Places. Typically, developers taking advantage of this program have converted historic schools into new uses, including housing.

Iowa Demonstration Construction Grants

Iowa Demonstration Construction Grants are available through the Iowa Department of Education. The grants, available to Iowa public school districts, are used primarily for correcting life/fire/safety issues and for new construction, repairs, and rehabilitation work. Although the property need not be historic, grant recipients must assist the Iowa Department of Education with their responsibilities under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. This involves consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office once the grant is awarded.

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