Soil Quality Restoration Funding

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Apply now for soil quality restoration funding

What is soil quality restoration?

Soil quality restoration is a natural lawn care method that helps to green up your lawn while keeping our local waterways clean.

The process uses deep aeration (core aeration) and topdressing with compost to help reduce compaction, increase pore space, and organic matter content.  Together these improvements improve the health and functionality of your soils.

Problems soil quality restoration can fix:

  • Hard, clay soils, & compaction
  • Patchy & Dead Grass
  • Ponding & Drainage issues
  • Hard to mow wet lawns
  • Constant need for watering

Benefits to you and your lawn:

  • Adds nutrients without additional fertilizers
  • Reduces compaction
  • Increases organic matter content
  • Helps your lawn to soak up and store more water

How to get funding for your next project

Cities across the Des Moines metro have funding to help cover the cost of soil quality restoration. Many of these programs can cover 50% and even as much as 75% of the cost. All these programs require pre-approval and offer their funding as a reimbursement.

Step 1: Learn about your City’s funding program.

Each city’s funding program is a little bit different so its important to review your city’s specific requirements. Below are links to each program that provides funding for soil quality restoration as of fall 2020.

Step 2: Get an estimate

Locally, many landscaping businesses have the tools and knowledge to help you implement soil quality restoration. Below is a list of local contractors you can contact for an estimate. Alternatively, most funding programs allow homeowners to do the work themselves as long as specifications and documentation requirements are met.

The Rain Campaign and its partners do not endorse any particular company. This a list of local companies we have identified who know how to install soil quality restoration.

Step 3: Fill out an application form

Each city has their own application form and supporting documents that are needed to submit your application. Please carefully review program requirements to submit successful applications. For tips and example application documents scroll down.

Step 4: Submit application to your city’s program manager.

Have questions about your city’s stormwater reimbursement program? Your city program manager is your go to source for all questions and any help you need. Your program manager will accept, review, and help notify you of your project’s approval status.

Application Tips & Examples

As you read through your city’s funding program requirements, you may see that you need to submit a project description, maps, or other information. We know this can be confusing so below we’ve included examples and some tips to make creating your application easy.

Common Questions

How long will it take to get pre-approved for funding?

Each stormwater reimbursement program is different. Most programs can approve you within a week. However, some programs have special approval meetings and so getting pre-approval may take longer depending on meeting dates. Please consult your city’s program manager for further information.

I can’t get a contractor to give me an estimate – what do I do?

Landscaping companies can get very busy during the peak construction and landscaping season. If you do not get an immediate response, try calling again or send a detailed email to the landscaping company. Do not be discouraged! More than 130 soil quality restoration projects have been installed across the Des Moines metro.

What happens after I get pre-approved?

Once your application has been pre-approved, you will be notified. Do not have any work completed until you have received official notification of your pre-approval. Once you are sure you have been pre-approved here is a summary of what will happen next. Please note that each program is different and may have different requirements.

  1. It is up to you to schedule an installation date with your contractor.
  2. Once you have an installation date, notify your program manager.
  3. During or immediately after installation, notify your program manager of project installation/completion to get a final inspection. Inspections are required to get reimbursed.
  4. Pay your contractor and follow your city’s protocol for submitting final paid invoices and receipts.
  5. Most programs are able to process your reimbursement within 30 days.

Please consult your program manager for specific details about your city’s reimbursement program and processes.

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