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Grant applications due April 28

DES MOINES – The State Historical Society of Iowa is reminding Iowans the application deadline for its FY2017 historic preservation and country school grant programs is April 28. Applications must be submitted online at iowahistory.slideroom.com.

The Historical Resource Development Program 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. The HRDP Country School Grant Program was created in 1999 and has awarded nearly $225,000 in funding for more than 50 projects across the state.

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, 2016, and must be completed by Nov. 30, 2018.

The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. More information is available at www.iowahistory.org or (515) 281-4228.

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