Community Betterment Grant

The majority of our funding for Watrous Heights Neighborhood Association this year has come from the Polk County Community Betterment Grant program. This is funding provided from the profits of Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino for the betterment of Polk County.

We wish to thank the Grant Administrator Lisa Moody-Tunks, all of the County Supervisors and especially the County Supervisor for our area, Matt McCoy.

Block Grant Challenge

This is an exciting new program where the city of Des Moines has partnered with Invest DSM. The BCG Program works to strengthen Des Moines neighborhoods by encouraging groups of neighbors to work together on exterior improvements to their properties.

Teams must be from 5 to 19 neighbors working as a team and can obtain a 50% reimbursement up to a maximum for $1,000 to $2,500 reimbursement per neighbor on the team.

This program is designed to improve "Curb Appeal" in a neighborhood.

Details of this program are available at

I just finish participating in an Informational Zoom program regarding this Block Grant Challenge. This is an exciting program. The biggest problem is that you need to form a team to participate in the program. The program has several procedures and plenty of rules. DO NOT be discouraged by what you see at the website link shown above. If you and/or a couple of neighbors near you are considering doing some exterior project(s) on their home. Contact me. I will help step you through this entire program. Limited funds are allocated on a first come/first serve basis. Talk to me soon.


(515) 287-1976

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