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Program Background:
The Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) Cost-Share Program provides property owners financial and technical assistance in implementing stormwater BMPs for improving water quality and reducing the amount of stormwater runoff.  Financial assistance will help cover the cost of materials and/or contractor labor for completing the projects. Projects can range from rain gardens and bioretention cells to pervious pavement and soil quality restoration.  The City will provide partial reimbursement up to 50% of the project cost.

Who is Eligible:
Anyone subject to the City of Cedar Rapids stormwater utility fee will be eligible for participation in the program.

How to Apply: 
Application Requirements:

  EZ Application  Full Application and Signed Maintenance Agreement Form
Eligibility Residential Non-residential
Maximum Reimbursement   $2,000  No max
Application Cycle  Open enrollment Applications to be submitted at least 45 days prior to each Stormwater Commission Meeting
Required Paperwork
How will application be reviewed

Staff Review

Competitive evaluation by Stormwater Commission every 2 months based on the following criteria: 

  • Quantity of impervious area treated
  • Watershed priority areas
  • Public exposure and educational potential
  • Curve-Number reduction for area being treated
* Stormwater Commission recommendations will be given to City staff for final review and approval.

Unsuccessful applications may reapply

Application packages can be submitted to the Public Works Sewer Division: 

City of Cedar Rapids
Public Works Sewer Division, Attn Stormwater Coordinator
500 15th Ave SW
Cedar Rapids, IA  52404

or via email at sewer@cedar-rapids.org  (include "Attn Stormwater Coordinator" in the subject heading) 


  • The proposed measures must conform to the standards set forth in the Iowa Stormwater Management Manual and/or the Iowa Rain Garden Design and Installation Manual.
  • Reimbursements are made after all work is completed and inspected.  
  • The applicant is responsible for implementation of the project. 
  • The City is not liable for personal injury or property damage. 
  • The property owner is responsible for all applicable permits. 
  • The City does not warranty approved projects. 

Contact the City of Cedar Rapids Stormwater Coordinator for more information at 319-286-5604 or sewer@cedar-rapids.org.   

Rain Gardens & AmeriCorps Partnership

Through a unique partnership with AmeriCorps, Cedar Rapid residents were eligible to win a free rain garden design and installation this summer.

Locations were chosen for installation in the spring and fall based on site suitability and visibility, as well as City stormwater managment priority areas. Rain gardens have numerous benefits:

  • Reduce rainwater runoff, which helps reduce flood risk
  • Conserve water
  • Filter rain water
  • Improve water quality 
  • Reduce garden maintenance 
  • Aesthetically pleasing

Property owners were responsible for the cost of materials (flowers/plants, stones, rocks, etc.); however the rain gardens were eligible for the City’s Cost Share Program (above), which includes up to 50% reimbursement. As with all Cost Share Program applicants, residents selected for this project needed to apply for reimbursement prior to rain garden installation.

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