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Current Watershed Improvement Grant Opportunities

February 1, 2024: The Iowa DNR Water Quality Improvement program is now accepting applications through April 1, 2024 for its “County Creek Sign Grant Program 2024”.  The grant will provide funding of between $5,000 and $10,000 per county for the installation of creek, river, and watershed signs on county roads, city streets, or on trails within priority watersheds. Funding signs on trails is a new feature in the 2024 grant. The general purpose of the grant is to enhance awareness of creeks, rivers, and watersheds in Iowa.

Eligible applicants include:  Iowa County Conservation Boards (CCBs), Watershed Management Authorities (WMAs), Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) agencies, or Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs), or counties (including county engineering departments).

The grant will be funded by EPA Section 319 funds awarded by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Water Quality Improvement (Section 319) program. 

Application Materials:

County Creek Sign Grant Application General Information

County Creek Sign Grant Application Form  | Application Form (Alternate File Type)

Sign Cost and Location Form | Cost and Location Form (Alternate File Type)

All applications including both sections of the application form should be submitted via email to by 4:30 PM April 1, 2024.


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