County Conservation (20% of REAP funds) - This money is available to counties for land easements or acquisition, capital improvements, stabilization and protection of resources, repair and upgrading of facilities, environmental education, and equipment. Expenditures are not allowed 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.
Thirty percent (30%) of the county conservation account is allocated automatically and equally to all 99 counties. This money is provided to counties on a quarterly basis and can be used for any of the above stated purposes.
Another thirty-percent (30%) of the county conservation account is allocated based on population. Counties with larger populations receive more money than counties with smaller populations. This money is also distributed quarterly, but there is an eligibility requirement. Counties are eligible to receive these funds if they are dedicating at least 22¢ per $1,000 of the assessed value of taxable property in the county for county conservation purposes. In other words, a county must be committing a specified tax levy amount from county tax dollars to conservation in order to receive their per population REAP allocation.
The remaining 40% of the county conservation account is available to counties through competitive grants. The 22¢ eligibility criteria also apply to these grants. Grants are 100%, so local match money is not required. Competition for these grants is extremely keen.
Fiscal Year 2016 REAP City Grant applications were due on August 17, 2015 at 4:30 PM.
The Selection Day will be on 9/8 at 9:30 AM on the 4th Floor of the Wallace Building at 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, 50319. Free parking is available in the ramp west of the Wallace Building. Please check in at the front desk. Applicants are highly encouraged to attend this meeting to answer any questions the selection committee may have.
Applicants will be informed of the final grant scores at the conclusion of the session, however, formal grant approval will not be made until the October 8th Natural Resource Commission Meeting. Applicants are not to publicize the outcome until final approval and do not expend funds until a final agreement has been signed in November and December.
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 2016 REAP City Grant applications are due on August 17, 2015 at 4:30 PM.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Wallace State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319