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City Parks & Open Spaces

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.

The amount of REAP grant money available to a city depends on population. The population categories and respective grant amount ceilings are shown below:

Population
0 - 1,000
1,001 - 5,000
5,001 - 10,000
10,001 - 25,000
25,001 - 50,000
50,001 - 75,000
Over 75,000

Maximum
$ 50,000
$ 75,000
$100,000
$125,000
$150,000
$200,000
$300,000

 

 

 

 
 

 


Fiscal Year 2016 REAP City Grant applications were due on August 17, 2015 at 4:30 PM.

The Review and Selection Day will be on September 17, 2015 on the 4th Floor of 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.

Agenda:

  • 9:00 AM: Large City Grant Session (Pop. 25,000+). Scores announced in 4th Floor Break Room ~30 minutes after session concludes.

    Large Cities: Please check in the Wallace Building 4th Floor and go to the 4th Conference Room.  Once scoring is complete for each session, an announcement will be made in the 4th Floor Break Room.

  • 9:30-10:30 AM: Medium City Grant Session (Pop. 2,000-24,999). Scores announced in 4th Floor Break Room ~30 minutes after session concludes.
  • 10:30 – Noon: Small City Grant Session (Pop. 1,999 and below). Scores announced in 4th Floor Break Room ~30 minutes after session concludes.

    Medium and Small Cities: Please check in the Wallace Building 4th Floor and wait in the 4th Floor Break Room if you arrive before your session. You will be notified before your session begins so that you can enter the conference rooms. Once scoring is complete for each session, an announcement will be made in the 4th Floor Break Room.

Applicants will be informed of the final grant scores at the conclusion of the session, formal grant approval will not be made until the October 8th Natural Resource Commission Meeting.  Do not to publicize until final approval and do not expend funds until a final agreement has been signed in November and December.

Free parking is available in the ramp west of the Wallace Building.


Below is information on the Fiscal Year 2015 grant awards:

 Population   

 2014 (FY15)
Available Funding

Number of Funded Projects 

 Project Descriptions
0 - 2,000 $524,468 10 FY15 Small City Project Descriptions
 2,000-25,000  

$782,752

 

8

 FY15 Medium City Project Descriptions
 

Over 25,000

 

$1,086,517

 

 7

FY15 Large City Project Descriptions
 

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:

 

 

For acquisition projects: 
  • DNR Appraisal Guidelines - Grant Reimbursement - Revised January 2013
  • DNR Appraisal Guidelines - For IA CGs - Revised January 2013
    Appraisal guidelines to assist applicants and their contracted certified appraisers in performing appraisals for grant reimbursement or general certified appraisers contracted by the DNR for performing appraisals on behalf of the DNR.
  • Contact:
    Tammie Krausman
    Iowa Department of Natural Resources
    Wallace State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319
    Phone: 515-725-8443
    Email: Tammie.Krausman@dnr.iowa.gov

     


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