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: Due to the delay in 2020 Census data, the grant deadline has been extended to August 30 at 5:00. According the the US Census Bureau, city population data will be available on August 16th. The 2020 Census population will be the data that cities should use for their request. Additionally, the department will be using SlideRoom for the grant application. The streamlined application will be available here on July 30th.

For acquisition projects:


REAP Coordinator

Contact person:
Tammie Krausman, REAP Coordinator
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Wallace State Office Building
Des Moines, IA 50319

phone: 515-402-8763
Tammie.Krausman@dnr.iowa.gov


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: