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REAP Funding at Work

REAP stands for Resource Enhancement and Protection. It is a program in the State of Iowa that invests in, as its name implies, the enhancement and protection of the state's natural and cultural resources. Iowa is blessed with a diverse array of natural and cultural resources, and REAP is likewise diverse and far reaching. Depending on the individual programs, REAP provides money for projects through state agency budgets or in the form of grants. Several aspects of REAP also encourage private contributions that help accomplish program objectives.

REAP funds go into eight different programs based upon percentages that are specified in the law.  These percentages, or what many people call the REAP formula, are shown in the following pie chart.  Historical information regarding REAP funding is available here: Funding History.

REAP Fund Allocation
First $350,000 each year goes to Conservation Education.
1% of balance goes for DNR Administration.
The remaining balance is then divided per the pie chart.

  1. Roadside Vegetation 3%
  2. Historical Resources 5%
  3. State Land Management 9%
  4. City Parks and Open Space 15%
  5. Soil and Water Enhancement 20%
  6. County Conservation 20%
  7. State Open Space 28%
The following four state agencies administer REAP programs:
  1. Department of Natural Resources
  2. Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Division of Soil Conservation
  3. Department of Cultural Affairs, State Historical Society
  4. Department of Transportation