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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 have been established to assure grants are distributed to all sizes of cities. Annual grant amount ceilings are also in effect based on size of cities to help assure that funds are distributed for projects located throughout the state.

REAP funds are appropriated by the Iowa Legislature.  FY15 grant amounts will not be available until after the Governor has signed the appropriations legislation.


 2014 (FY15)
Available Funding

 0 - 2,000




Over 25,000


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 appointed by the Director of the DNR help select which projects receive funding.

The amount of REAP grant money available to a city in any one year depends on its 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






City Park and Open Space grant applications are due on August 15th at 4:30 pm.

The city grant selection committee will score the 2014 (FY15) grants on September 4th, at the 4th Floor Conference Room, Wallace Building, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines. Times for each city category will be announced on August 18th. It is important that applicants attend this meeting to answer questions from the committee. Free parking is available in the ramp just west of the Wallace Building.  More information will be available when funding is made available.

Mail grants to:
Tammie Krausman, REAP Coordinator
Wallace State Office Building
 502 E. 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319

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 person:
    Tammie Krausman
    Iowa Department of Natural Resources
    Wallace State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319
    Phone: 515-281-8382