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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:

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

$ 50,000
$ 75,000






Fiscal Year 2015 REAP City Grant applications were due on August 15, 2014. Awards were finalized by the Natural Resource Commission on October 9, 2014.  Below is more information on the grant awards:


 2014 (FY15)
Available Funding

Number of Funded Projects 

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




 FY15 Medium City Project Descriptions

Over 25,000





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:


New for the FY15 Grant Round: The REAP Grant application has been updated and reformatted by reducing four pages and making it more user friendly for the applicant.  For grants due August 15, 2014, both old and new applications will be accepted. The scoring criteria has not changed.

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