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






Below is information on the Fiscal Year 2015 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 2016!!

REAP Grant Applications will be submitted electronically. Simply email grant applications to by August 15 at 4:30 P.M.

The Review and Selection Day will be in mid-September at 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.

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: 
  • 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