The State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) is reminding Iowans that the application deadline for this year’s round of historic preservation and country school grant programs is April 25. SHSI is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.
Applications for SHSI’s Historical Resource Development Program (HRDP) and Country School grants must be submitted on-line at www.iowagrants.gov/index.do. Where required, hard copies of application materials must be postmarked by April 25 or received in the SHSI grants office at 600 E. Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50319 by 4:30 p.m., April 25. More information is available at www.iowahistory.org or 515-281-4228.
HRDP provides grants to preserve, conserve, interpret and educate the public about historical resources in three different categories – Documentary Collections, Historic Preservation and Museums – related to historic preservation of the built environment, museum collections and documentary materials such as diaries, letters, photographs and newspapers.
The Country School program provides grants 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.
HRDP and Country School grants are funded by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Act (REAP), passed by the Iowa General Assembly in 1989. Local government units, nonprofit corporations, individuals, businesses and American Indian tribes are eligible to submit applications. Projects funded in this grant cycle will begin July 1 and must be completed by Nov. 30, 2016.