Iowa's Water Infrastructure Fund: Watershed Protection Projects

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On Dec. 8, 2021, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a historic $100 million investment of federal American Rescue Plan Act funds for water infrastructure and water quality efforts. Of that, $5 million was made available for nonpoint source Watershed Protection Projects that address water quality, and focus on green infrastructure and measures to control nonpoint source pollution from hydromodification. Applications for the program opened Dec. 15, 2021.

The maximum award per project is $500,000 with a required 5% match, either financial or in-kind. Awards will be in the form of a non-recourse grant, and projects must be completed by June 30, 2026.

Applications will be reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis, and those that meet a minimum threshold score will be automatically funded. Thus, interested applicants should prioritize getting applications in as soon as possible.