Iowa’s history is found in photographs, manuscripts, newspapers and vital records and to help preserve our rich past, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs has launched a special round of historical resource project grants now through Oct. 3. Local governments, nonprofit organizations, individuals, businesses and American Indian tribes are eligible to submit applications to conserve, interpret and educate the public about historical resources. The documentary collections category of the Historical Resource Development Program includes formats such as: albums; atlases; blueprints; diaries; drawings; film; ledgers; maps; newspaper articles; photographs; and much more. Projects eligible for funding through these grants must begin by Jan. 2, 2017 and be completed by Nov. 30, 2018. Since 1990, the program has awarded more than $16 million to 1,200 historical projects across Iowa. Grant applications can be submitted by following the link included with this story on our website.