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Current Watershed Improvement Grant Opportunities

3/1/2023 - The Iowa DNR Water Quality Improvement section is now accepting applications through April 28, 2023 for a subaward program funded by a $3 million, 5-year Underserved Farmer to Farmer grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Gulf of Mexico division. The subaward grant will provide funding of between $75,000 and $250,000 to increase the ability of historically underserved farm communities to address nutrient pollution, frequent flooding, and drinking water challenges. There may be multiple rounds of funding announced depending on demand.

Size of Award: $75,000 - $250,000 per award, no match funding required

Duration of Award: Successful applicants will have until up to June 30, 2027 to complete proposed projects

Applications Due (Round 1): April 28, 2023

Eligible Applicants: Eligible entities include but are not limited to: local or state governmental agencies, institutions of higher learning, Intergovernmental entities (28E entities) such as Watershed Management Authorities, NGOs and nonprofits, tribal nations, beginning farmer groups, and U.S. military veteran farmer groups

For more information, reference the Factsheet


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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Learn how communities can come together to reduce flood risk and improve water quality by forming a Watershed Management Authority.

Planning for Water Quality
Learn more about Iowa's Nonpoint Source Management Plan

Iowa Watershed Successes

Learn about how Iowans are improving the land for better water quality, including projects to improve trout fishing, to protect mussels, to give new life to well-loved recreational lakes and rivers, and more in our annual booklet, Working for Clean Water.

More Iowa watershed successes from the U.S. EPA