State Cost-Share Policy

State cost-share funds for terraces and waterways

The district commissioners approve state cost-share applications at their monthly meetings. The District cost-share policy is 50% cost-share on terraces with a limit of $2.50 per foot for new broad base terraces, $2.30 per foot on rebuilt broad base terraces, $2.15 per foot for narrow base terraces.  $2.00 per foot for waterways less than 35 ft. wide, $3.90 per foot for waterways 35-55 ft. wide, and $5.00 per foot for waterways greater than 55 feet wide. $1,000 cost-share only on tile in conjunction with new terraces and new waterway construction, and 50% cost-share on seed bills submitted with the terrace construction bills, and 50% cost-share on seed with waterway construction bills.

REAP Cost-Share funds for windbreaks and critical area seedings

The District’s cost-share policy encourages more effective windbreaks for energy savings, wind reduction, snow deposition and wildlife cover. One half of the rows should be evergreens, but a row of shrubs may be substituted for a row of evergreens. Species cannot be double rowed.  There is no cost-share on all varieties of lilac, Amur maple, Scotch pine, Colorado Blue Spruce, Austrian pine, and green ash. The cost-share rate is 75% from REAP funds. The maximum total cost per plant the District will cost-share on is $30 for evergreens, $20 for broadleaf trees and $10 for shrubs. You may purchase higher priced windbreak stock, but the District will not cost-share above these prices. Trees can be purchased at any nursery. There is no cost-share on labor or rented equipment. The minimum cost-share payment which can be received is $100 and the maximum cost-share payment is $1,600.

Low Interest Loan

The purpose of the loan program is to improve and protect Iowa’s water quality. The loan assistance is facilitated through the State Revolving Fund (SRF). Loan amounts range from $5,000-$500,000 per borrower with loan terms up to 10 years at an interest rate of no more than 3% - fixed for the life of the loan. Loans can fund up to 100% of a project’s actual cost or be used in conjunction with cost-share or grants. A linked deposit incentive structure enables you to work with the lender of your choice. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis by your local Soil and Water Conservation District.

NOTE: The Iowa Financial Incentive Program/cost-share program is administered by the local soil and water conservation district (SWCD) with policy and administrative assistance of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Division of Soil Conservation (IDALS/DSC). This program includes cost-share for voluntary practices, mandatory practices as related to the Iowa Sediment Control Law, practices to protect watersheds above publicly-owned lakes, and management practices. The cost-share application process from sign-up to payment is included in FARMS, a web-based Financial and Reports Management System.