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City Parks and Open Space (15% of REAP funds) - This money is available to cities through competitive grants. Three (3) city size categories and grant amount ceilings have been established to assure grants are distributed to all sizes of cities.
REAP funds are appropriated by the Iowa Legislature and signed into law by the Governor. City Park and Open Space grant applications are due annually on August 15th at 4:30 pm. The application materials are available at the bottom of this page.
These grants are 100%, so local matching funds are not required. This grant program is very competitive. Funds are not available for single or multipurpose athletic fields, baseball or softball diamonds, tennis courts, golf courses, and other organized sport facilities. Swimming pools and playground equipment are also ineligible. Parkland expansion and multi-purpose recreation developments are typical projects funded under this REAP program. The DNR administers the city grant program. City officials representing the Iowa Park and Recreation Association and League of Cities select which projects receive funding.
Projects must be complete within two years of the grant award. 90% of funds can be requested at the time a grant agreement is signed and the remaining 10% will be awarded upon successful completion of the project.
The amount of REAP grant money available to a city depends on population. The population categories and respective grant amount ceilings are shown below:
0 - 1,000
1,001 - 5,000
5,001 - 10,000
10,001 - 25,000
25,001 - 50,000
50,001 - 75,000
Number of Funded Projects
To view the cities/counties that have received REAP funding and learn about the type of projects in your area, click on a county below and then a dot to read the project description, sponsor, and funding received:
Fiscal Year 2017 REAP City Grant applications were due on August 15, 2016.
The REAP City Grant Review Committee will meet on September 20th on the 4th floor or the Wallace Building at 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, 50319. Please check in at the front desk. Applicants are highly encouraged to attend this meeting to answer any questions the selection committee may have.
For acquisition projects:
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Wallace State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319