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Grants to Iowa Nonprofits, Agencies, and Conservation
Districts to Decrease Nutrient Loss in State Waters

Water Quality Initiative - Nutrient Reduction Strategy Targeted Watershed Implementation

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

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11/19/21 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grants to Iowa nonprofit organizations, local governments and governmental agencies, soil and water conservation districts, county conservation boards, public water supply utilities, and watershed management authorities for projects that protect watersheds from nutrient loss. Funding is intended to support the implementation of projects in specific watershed areas that employ assessment, monitoring, and planning tools in coordinating efforts around the installation of conservation practices.

Projects will be evaluated on their demonstrated experience and proposed approach to perform the following objectives:

  • Ability to increase and expand implementation of NRS practices utilizing funding from diverse resources and partnerships.
  • Ability to target conservation implementation to locations and/or specific agriculture sectors based on demonstrated experience and evaluated need for integration of these practices.
  • Established local support networks and partnerships and willing landowners/farmers to adopt and expand use of NRS priority practices.
  • Ability to leverage additional resources from stakeholders and other partner(s) to expand scale and impact of the project on a regional basis and beyond the current project area.
  • Plan to monitor, assess and evaluate project impacts in alignment with water quality and socioeconomic goals.
  • Projects that focus on infrastructure-based practices and that have a larger impact on nutrient reductions will receive priority consideration for funding (i.e. wetlands, bioreactors, grade stabilization structures, saturated buffers, oxbows, etc.).

Existing watershed demonstration projects located within priority HUC8 watersheds that have been identified by the Water Resources Coordinating Council (WRCC) will receive priority consideration. Projects should evaluate the current project area and opportunity for geographic expansion as part of the application development. The priority HUC8 watersheds are: Floyd, East Nishnabotna, West Nishnabotna, North Raccoon, Boone, Middle Cedar, Skunk, South Skunk, and Turkey.

Eligible expenses include:

  • Technical Assistance (Salary/Benefits/Travel/Training) needs for project implementation.
  • Outreach/Education components such as field days, publications, signs, and informational meetings.
  • Contractual costs for assistance with project implementation components such as engineering, monitoring, assessment and outreach.
  • Cost-sharing funds for NRS approved practices (see application for details on practice cost-share funds).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186442

Term of Contract:

Projects applying under this RFP may request up to three years of funding. It is anticipated project funds will be available January 1, 2022.

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 proposals. Due to the nature of this program and the emphasis on actionable plans/designs and documentation supportive of the nutrient reduction strategy, applicants must collaborate with respective Regional Coordinator and/or other IDALS staff on application development. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to partner with stakeholders that will benefit from installation of non-point, agricultural conservation practices and would be able to assist with outreach and promotion.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due: No later than 4:30 PM Friday, November 19, 2021. Proposals must be received by this time on the deadline date.

Proposals must be submitted following the format and page limits provided. Maps and letters of support will not count against stated page limits. Letters of support are required to confirm the roles/contributions of identified partners. The projected timeline for the complete proposal process is detailed below:
- RFP open: October 1, 2021
- RFP closes: November 19, 2021
- Selections made: December 17, 2021
- Projected start: January 1, 2022

The Primary Grantee will be responsible for submitting payment requests to IDALS. Payments for Technical Assistance/Staffing will be available through a monthly advance payment schedule or a cost reimbursement of funds, which will be outlined in the project agreement. All other expense payments will be made on cost reimbursement basis. The Grantee will submit invoices and/or other required documentation to IDALS for the disbursement of funds. An explanation of the process and the required documentation will be provided to the Grantee by IDALS as part of the project agreement process.

Contact Information:

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

Submit the electronic file containing your proposal in an attachment by e-mail addressed to If you need assistance submitting your proposal, please contact Nicky Gubbels at 515-281-5851 or the email above.

Direct questions to:
Water Quality Initiative Coordinators
- Matt Lechtenberg, 515-281-3857 or or
- Matt McDonald, 515-725-1037 or

For help with proposals please obtain assistance from the Regional or Basin Coordinator for your area:
- Western Iowa - Bob Waters - 515-306-7012 or
- Northeast Iowa - Jeff Tisl -563-422-6201 or
- Southeast Iowa - James Martin -319-337-2322 ext. 4836 or

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