Storm Water Grant Program

The Storm Water Grant Program uses a portion of the Storm Water Utility Fees to assist with storm water management on private property. These funds may be granted to property owners to prevent or repair storm water related damage and to improve drainage.

If you are looking for the Rain Barrel Reimbursement Program, please click here.

Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Measures to prevent erosion.
  • Expense for a contractor to place bank reinforcement.
  • Installation of a drain tile to dry a wet backyard.
  • Silt removal from storm water detention areas. For detention areas to be eligible, the improvements must return the area to the original detention volume.

The program does not include the removal of sump pumps connected to the sanitary sewer or items related to sump pumps. The grant cannot be used for aesthetic improvements only or for landscaping measures related to property maintenance. It does not cover work inside the home.

Please note that the Grant must be approved and awarded prior to construction work commencing.  Grants will not be awarded for work that has already been started or completed.

The 2022 Storm Water Grant Program opens on February 1st, 2022. There is no deadline for your application; we will continue to accept applications until all grant funding is awarded. Grants from the 2022 Program must be completed by the end of 2023. 

(As of June 14th, 2022, City Council has increased grant funding limits. To see the new limits, please refer to the revised "Storm Water Grant Program Guidelines" below.)

Please review the grant guidelines carefully. The application can be submitted electronically by filling out the form below and submitting to stormwater@urbandale.org.

UPDATE: At the Council Meeting of June 14, 2022, the City Council approved an increase in the project funding limits for storm water grant applications.  The link below has been updated with the revised limits. 

Also, see our Rain Barrel program for additional reimbursement options (link in menu on the left).

Please contact stormwater@urbandale.org if you have any questions.

Additional Resources:

Contact List of potential companies that do storm water and soil quality restoration (SQR) work.

Iowa Storm Water Education Program: http://www.iowastormwater.org/

Iowa Department of Natural Resources: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environmental-Protection/Water-Quality/Watershed-Improvement

Iowa Storm Water Management Manual: https://www.iowadnr.gov/Environmental-Protection/Water-Quality/NPDES-Storm-Water/Storm-Water-Manual

Iowa Department of Agriculture – Urban Conservation Program: http://www.iowaagriculture.gov/FieldServices/urbanConservation.asp 

United States Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/national/home/

  1. Storm Water

    Phone: 515-278-3950

  2. Kristin Brostrom

    Assistant Director of Engineering

  3. Jon Cygan

    Senior Engineer

  4. Mike Dunagan

    Engineering & Stormwater Tech