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:
0 - 1,000
1,001 - 5,000
5,001 - 10,000
10,001 - 25,000
25,001 - 50,000
50,001 - 75,000
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.
- 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.
parking is available in the ramp west of the Wallace Building.
Below is information on the Fiscal Year 2015 grant awards:
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.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Wallace State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319