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Grants to Iowa Nonprofits and Agencies
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Grants to Iowa nonprofit organizations and government agencies for projects that reduce nutrient load from nonpoint sources in the state’s waterways. Pre-applications are due December 8. Consideration will be given to projects that use urban conservation practices in conjunction with outreach and education.

IDALS is accepting pre-applications for projects that demonstrate strong ties to the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. These projects will focus on adoption and implementation of urban conservation practices that provide nutrient load reductions to water resources in combination with outreach and education components demonstrating how projects will work to support the nonpoint source action items outlined in Section 1 of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

Applicants should demonstrate the ability to deliver low-impact development strategies and practices and have established strong partnerships with stakeholders that have or will be contributing significant resources to the project.

Desired outcomes for these projects will include concentrated efforts to demonstrate urban conservation practices paired with strong outreach/education components to disseminate information on these practices. The education and outreach components will promote increased awareness and adoption of available practices and technologies for achieving reductions in nutrient loads to surface waters. Quarterly progress reports and final report will be required to document project progress and products as well as to provide aggregate accounting of practice implementation. Successful projects will serve as local and regional hubs for demonstrating urban conservation practices and providing practice information to other communities.

Eligible expenses include:
-Project costs (State funds not to exceed 50% cost) for the design and installation of urban conservation practices that are included in the Iowa Stormwater Management Manual (ISWMM) and designed according to the design guidelines of the ISWMM.
-Other practices (State funds not to exceed 50% cost) included in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and designed and implemented according to NRCS standards and specifications.
-Outreach/education components such as field days, publications, signs, and informational meetings.

Priority will be given to applications that can demonstrate the ability to rapidly implement the project and practices funded under this RFPA.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182456

Term of Contract:

Funds must be allocated and obligated no later than June 30, 2018 with installation completed no later than June 30, 2019.

A high quality project with the possibility of future phases may be eligible for additional funding depending on future funding availability, project quality and project performance. Project funds will be available upon execution of a funding agreement with IDALS (anticipate agreements will be in place on or prior to April 1, 2018).

Projects cannot incur reimbursable expenses before the funding agreement is executed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs), counties, county conservation boards, cities or other units of government, not-for-profit non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) authorized by the secretary of state, public water supply utilities or watershed management authorities are eligible to submit applications.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate legal authority to construct and maintain practices in the intended location prior to submittal of applications.

Due to the nature of this program and the emphasis on implementation of urban conservation practices and documentation supportive of the nutrient reduction strategy, applicants must collaborate with IDALS Urban Conservation Program staff.

Applicants are also strongly encouraged to partner with stakeholders that will benefit from installation of urban conservation practices and would be able to assist with education and information transfer.

Pre-Application Information:

Pre-applications must be submitted to be considered for full- application submittal.

Pre-applications are due no later than 4:30 PM on Friday, December 8, 2017.

Pre-applications will be reviewed by IDALS, and applicants requested to submit full applications will be notified by January 12, 2018.

Selected applicants will have the opportunity to meet with a representative(s) of IDALS at a mutually agreed upon time and location to discuss the pre- and full-application prior to the full-application due date of February 9, 2018.

The projected timeline for the complete application process is detailed below:
-Pre-Applications open: October 6, 2017
-Pre-Applications due: December 8, 2017
-Selected Pre-Applications notified: January 12, 2018
-Full-applications due: February 9, 2018
-Selected full-applications notified: March 9, 2018
-Anticipated project start date: April 1, 2018

The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy can be viewed at:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For assistance with pre-applications contact the Regional Urban Conservationist for your area or the IDALS Central Office Urban Conservationist:

IDALS Central Office Urban Conservationist:
Derek Namanny

Western Iowa:
Hannah Vorrie
712-732-3096 x 3

Eastern Iowa:
Amy Bouska
319-337-2322 x 3

Central Iowa:
Jennifer Welch
515-964-1883 x 3

For additional assistance, please contact the following IDALS Water Quality Initiative staff:

Will Myers, Water Quality Initiative Projects Coordinator

Jerry Neppel, Urban Water Quality Initiative Project Manager

Submit application materials to:

Tracy Bruun

Or mail to:

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land
Stewardship Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality
c/o Tracy Bruun
502 East 9th Street
Des Moines IA 50319

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