Fifty Projects Receive Casino Mini Grants

Date posted - July 22, 2015

Larchwood, Iowa — Fifty projects in and around northwest Iowa have received a shot in the arm, thanks to mini grants from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation.
Grand Falls Casino sign

The foundation is the non-profit license holder for the Grand Falls Casino near Larchwood. State law mandates a certain percentage of the casino’s gaming take has to go back to the community. The agreement between the casino and the non-profit stipulates that for the first $20 million the casino collects in gambling winnings in a year, they will give the foundation 4.5 percent. When they get up to $20 million, the percentage goes up to 4.75 percent; and when they get up to $30 million, it goes to 5 percent.

The Lyon County Riverboat foundation is set up to give half of the money in grants to county government subdivisions and schools, and half to non-profit projects. In the past, that second half has been given away in a competitive grant process. This year, the foundation decided to also give away up to a total of $100,000 in grants of up to $2000.

Foundation president Jeff Gallagher explains:

He says unlike with the competitive grant process, essentially, there were no criteria for the mini grant applications, and no vetting process by the foundation.

Of the fifty randomly-selected winners, the foundation gave out two grants to South Dakota entities, one to a Minnesota entity, and the remaining forty-seven to Iowa entities.

Just to give you an idea of some of the projects, some went towards park equipment like benches and bleachers, some toward emergency equipment, and some toward safety and security equipment.

Northwest Iowa Community College was lucky enough to receive five grants — for a trailer, a TV, software, and more. The City of Sibley got over $1000 to repair their clock, as well as money toward a pool vacuum and seating replacement. The Rapids Theatre Preservation Society in Rock Rapids got $2000 toward media materials. The Rock Valley Chamber got $2000 toward a daycare expansion project. Sanford Medical Center in Rock Rapids got $2000 toward ALICE active shooter training.

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Requested amount
Big Brothers Big SistersT-shirts$2,000Sioux FallsSouth Dakota
Buss Johnson Post 316 Am. Legion$2,000Little RockIowa
City of AlvordEmergency Use Items$1,850AlvordIowa
City of DoonPark Improvement$2,000DoonIowa
City of DoonShelter House Improvements$1,997DoonIowa
City of GeorgePicnic Tables-Rec Trail$2,000GeorgeIowa
City of GeorgePond Fountain Project$2,000GeorgeIowa
City of GeorgeStorm Water Pump$2,000GeorgeIowa
City of InwoodSecurity Cameras$1,881Inwood Iowa
City Of LesterGym Safety$1,645LesterIowa
City Of LesterLights for Tennis and BB court$1,013LesterIowa
City of Rock RapidsFire Equipment$1,803Rock RapidsIowa
City of Rock RapidsBenches for Kiwanis Park$1,723Rock RapidsIowa
City of Rock RapidsBenches for Old School Park$1,723Rock RapidsIowa
City of SibleyPool Vacuum$2,000SibleyIowa
City of SibleySeating Replacement$2,000SibleyIowa
City of SibleyClock Repair$1,050SibleyIowa
Doon Volunteer Fire DepartmentSigns for New Safety Complex$2,000Doon Iowa
Doon Volunteer Fire DepartmentTools and Tool Chest$2,000Doon Iowa
Elgin StarsBenches for Park$2,000Little RockIowa
Fellowship VillageBed Replacement$2,000Inwood Iowa
GTA AssnImplement seating$2,000LarchwoodIowa
Harrisburg Baseball AssociationYouth Baseball Field Backstops$2,000HarrisburgSouth Dakota
Holy Name ChurchParking Lot Improvements$2,000Rock RapidsIowa
Hope Haven, Inc.Waiver Home Bathroom Remodel$2,000Rock ValleyIowa
Kiwanis International IncKiwanis Park Bleachers$2,000Rock RapidsIowa
Kiwanis International IncConcession Stand$2,000Rock RapidsIowa
Little Rock Fire and RescueFire Hall Radio Replacement$2,000Little RockIowa
Little Rock Town and Country ClubScore Board$2,000Little RockIowa
Little Rock Town and Country ClubRefrigerators and Coolers$2,000Little RockIowa
Lyon County AuditorVoting Booths$2,000Rock RapidsIowa
Lyon County Conservation FoundationPaddleboards$2,000Rock RapidsIowa
Lyon County Fair Assn.Bucket Calf Housing$2,000Rock RapidsIowa
Lyon County Fair Assn.Bathroom Improvements$2,000Rock RapidsIowa
Lyon County Fair-SpeedwayLawn Mower$2,000Rock RapidsIowa
Mid-Sioux Opp Head StartSign$1,500Rock RapidsIowa
Nobles County Historic SocietyPioneer Village Caboose Rehab$1,986WorthingtonMinnesota
Northwest Iowa Community CollegeAluminum Utility Trailer$2,000SheldonIowa
Northwest Iowa Community CollegeAtech Electrical Training Board 1$1,900SheldonIowa
Northwest Iowa Community CollegeConference Room TV A$1,100SheldonIowa
Northwest Iowa Community CollegeDetroit Diagnostic Link Softwar Update$2,000SheldonIowa
Northwest Iowa Community CollegeJ-Pro Software Update$2,000SheldonIowa
Osceola Rec Trails AssnProject Trail Head$2,000SibleyIowa
Rapids Theatre Pre SocietyMedia Materials$2,000Rock RapidsIowa
Rock Rapids Recreation DepartmentSoccer Nets$1,000Rock RapidsIowa
Rock Rapids Recreation DepartmentSoftware Program$2,000Rock RapidsIowa
Rock Valley Chamber of ComDaycare Expansion Project$2,000Rock ValleyIowa
Sanford Rock Rapids Medical CenterAlice Training$2,000Rock RapidsIowa
Season's CenterOutreach and Education Project$1,997Rock RapidsIowa
Senior Companion ProgramVolunteer Reimbursement$2,000Rock ValleyIowa

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