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Grants to Iowa Nonprofits, Water Supply and Watershed Management Authorities, and Agencies in Eligible Areas to Reduce Water Pollution

Water Quality Initiative - Urban Conservation Projects

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) - Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #182456

Grant Description

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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. 

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 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) standards and specifications.
  • Outreach/education components such as field days, publications, signs, and informational meetings (within program guidelines and limitations).

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Cities, counties, county conservation boards, Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCDs), 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 received by 4:30 PM on November 18, 2022.

The projected timeline for the complete application process is detailed below:
- Pre-applications open: September 1, 2022
- Pre-applications due: November 18, 2022
- Selected pre-applications notified: December 16, 2022
- Full-applications due: February 3, 2023
- Selected full-applications notified: February 17, 2023
- Anticipated project start date: March 15, 2023

Potential applicants must schedule a meeting with an IDALS Urban Conservationist to help formulate strong projects and pre-applications. Pre-applications will be reviewed by IDALS, and applicants requested to submit full applications will be notified by December 16, 2022. Pre-applications must be submitted to be considered for full-application submittal.

Submit one electronic copy of your project application to IDALS. Hard copies of the pre-application will not be accepted without an electronic copy. Arrival date and time of the electronic copy will be used to determine whether an application has been submitted on time. Pre-applications must be received by 4:30 PM on December 3, 2021. No information relating to the application submitted after this time will be accepted.

Expense payments will be made on cost reimbursable basis.

Term of Contract:

Funds must be targeted for obligation no later than June 30, 2023 with installation completed no later than December 31, 2024. 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 March 15, 2023). Projects cannot incur reimbursable expenses or document match contributions before the funding contract is executed.

Contact Information:

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
- Southwestern Iowa: Ann Seda – 515-725-0150 or Ann.Seda@
- Northwestern Iowa: Kaitlyn Wagner – 712-732-3096 x309 or
- Eastern Iowa: Amy Bouska – 319-499-4841 or
- Central Iowa: Jennifer Welch – 515-776-4237 or

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

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