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Current Watershed Improvement Grant Opportunities

9/28/2023 - the iowa dnr water quality improvement section is now accepting applications through november 30, 2024 for a dnr administered sub-award for watershed-based, comprehensive water quality management planning. this planning grant is intended to serve established watershed management authorities organized under iowa code and registered with the secretary of state.

Size of Award: Up to $125,000 per award, with match requirements of 5% cash (minimum) and 25% total match.

duration of award: maximum contract length is expected to be 24 months with an intended completion date of june 30, 2026.

Applications Due: November 30, 2023

Eligible Applicants: Eligible Applicants include any Watershed Management Authority (WMA) or Watershed Coalition that is formed as a separate legal entity under Iowa Code chapter 28E and that submits a Responsive Application to the Iowa DNR in response to this Solicitation. “Applicant” also may include a local or regional entity demonstrating the characteristics of a Regional Public Comprehensive Planning Organization (RPCPO), as described in Clean Water Act section 205, which is applying on behalf of a Watershed Management Authority. An RPCPO Applicant shall include a narrative explanation of how it demonstrates the characteristics of an RPCPO and its specific relationship to any WMA. For purposes of this Solicitation, an RPCPO Applicant may consider any Iowa Code chapter 466B WMA characteristics to be indicative of its capacity as an RPCPO.


Application Form

Application Submittal: Via email to

Questions? Accessibility needs?: Can be directed via email or via phone:

Steve Konrady, Western Basin Coordinator - or 515-204-1456

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