Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) - Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality
Grants to Iowa nonprofit organizations, water supply and watershed management authorities, and government agencies in eligible areas for projects to reduce water pollution. Applicants must contact staff and submit a letter of inquiry prior to a full application. Funding is intended for reduction projects, outreach, and education in urban areas.
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.
Applications can consider two options based on the scope of the proposed project. Option 1 projects will be evaluated under the same parameters as prior years’ WQI urban funding. Option 2 offers an opportunity to fund larger scale, more complex projects based on the comprehensiveness of the project. Urban conservationists can help assist applicants in deciding which option to pursue:
Priority will be given to applications that can demonstrate the ability to rapidly implement the project and practices funded under this RFPA.
Eligible expenses can be found at https://iowaagriculture.gov/sites/default/files/soil/RFPs/WQI%20Urban%20RFPA%202021.pdf#page=2.
GrantWatch ID#: 182456
Funds must be targeted for obligation no later than June 30, 2022 with installation completed no later than December 31, 2023. 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 contract with IDALS (anticipate contracts will be in place on or prior to April 1, 2022). Projects cannot incur reimbursable expenses or document match contributions before the funding contract is executed.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Applications will be accepted by either of the following methods:
1. Submit the electronic copy of the pre-application via CD, Flash drive, etc. to the address below:
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality
c/o Nicole Gubbels
502 East 9th Street
Des Moines IA 50319
2. Submit the electronic file containing your application in an attachment by e-mail addressed to
For assistance with pre-applications contact the Regional Urban Conservationist for your area or the Urban Conservation Program Coordinator:
- Urban Conservation Program Coordinator: Paul Miller – 515-281-5833 or Paul.Miller@iowaagriculture.gov
- Southwestern Iowa: Cassie Druhl – 515-725-0150 or Cassie.Druhl@ iowaagriculture.gov
- Northwestern Iowa: Breanna Horsey – 712-732-3096 x309 or Breanna.Horsey@ia.nacdnet.net
- Eastern Iowa: Amy Bouska – 319-499-4841 or Amy.Bouska@ia.nacdnet.net
- Central Iowa: Jennifer Welch – 515-776-4237 or Jennifer.Welch@ia.nacdnet.net
For additional assistance, please contact the following IDALS Water Quality Initiative staff:
Water Quality Initiative Coordinator
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