Soil Quality Restoration Funding

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Polk City and Clive’s SQR Batch and Build Programs

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.

City Managers-Are you interested in implementing a SQR program in your community? You can use the traditional method, outlined below, or you can “Batch and Build” your program by opening an application process to residents for applying SQR to several properties over one season. Learn more by checking out our SQR Handbook.

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

Each city’s funding program is a little bit different, so it’s 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 on this page.

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 guide you in submitting your application.

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, 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. One of the best times to plan with a landscaping company is in the “off season” between late October-February. 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 have been pre-approved, you must take the following steps. 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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