County Conservation

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.

2019 (FY20)
Available Funding
Number of
Funded Projects
Project Descriptions
$1,005,276 4 FY20 County Grant Descriptions

REAP County Grant Applications

2021 Update: REAP County Conservation Grants will be reviewed on October 12, 2021 from 10:30 AM -12:00 PM.  To attend this session please request the Zoom link from  Applicants will receive formal notification after approval from the Natural Resource Commission on November 10, 2021. 

REAP Grant Application - SlideRoom

For acquisition projects:

REAP and WRAC Application Training

REAP Coordinator, Tammie Krausman and WRAC Coordinator, Michelle Wilson provide training on applying for grants using the SlideRoom application.

REAP Coordinator

Contact person:
Michelle Wilson, REAP Coordinator
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Wallace State Office Building
Des Moines, IA 50319
phone: 515-446-0535

REAP Funding Locations

To view the 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: