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 (derived from gaming revenues) 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 completed 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
Over 75,000

$ 50,000
$ 75,000








Below is information on the Fiscal Year 2018 grant awards:


Amount Requested

 2017 (FY18)
Available Funding

# of Projects Scored

# of Projects Funded 

0 - 2,000 $1,619,836 $447,817 27 7
 2,000-25,000 $2,724,681 $626,250 32 7

Over 25,000

$3,139,414 $899,038 18 5
Total $7,483,931 $1,973,105 77 19

FY 18 REAP City Grant Awards and 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:

Fiscal Year 2017 REAP City Grant applications are due on August 15, 2017. The REAP City Grant Review Committee will meet in late September to score applications and provide funding recommendations to the Natural Resource Commission for approval at the October meeting.

    • REAP Grant Applications are submitted electronically. Simply email grant applications to by August 15 at 4:30 P.M. Please use the following format:
    • Application should be saved as one complete file (including all appendices, maps, letters of support, etc.), saved as a pdf.
    • Grants should be formatted for easy printing and viewing. Check orientation of maps, budget sheets, etc. for ease of viewing and printing.
    • Please name the application: ApplicantName.Shortprojectname.FY17.pdf
    • Maximum file size is 20MB or 20,480KB. Compressed pdfs will be accepted. Files larger than 20MB will be rejected by the email system.

For acquisition projects: 

REAP Coordinator

Contact person:
Tammie Krausman, REAP Coordinator
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Wallace State Office Building
Des Moines, IA 50319

phone: 515-402-8763