Riverboat Foundation Awards Grants

Larchwood, Iowa — The Lyon County Riverboat Foundation – the nonprofit license-holder for the Grand Falls Casino – gave out over half a million dollars to Lyon County non-profit projects at a ceremony on Thursday night, February 5, 2015 at Grand Falls Casino and Resort.

Members of organizations receiving grants
Members of organizations receiving grants

This is the eighth semi-annual awarding of Competitive Grants.

In order to help with larger projects, the foundation also gives multi-cycle grants. These bigger projects for which the foundation continues to provide funding include the construction of the Inwood Aquatic Center, renovation of the Little Rock City Hall, construction of the Lester Community Center, construction of the new Larchwood Fire Station, updates to Fellowship Village in Inwood and the construction of the new Kids Club day care building in Rock Rapids. The City of Lester will receive the last payment at the end of March 2015 toward their Community Center.

The foundation committed to two new multi-cycle grants on Thursday. The Inwood Fire and Rescue crew was approved for funding of a new ambulance for nearly $98,000 over four cycles at approximately $25,000 per cycle. Also approved for multi-cycle funding was a new fire and rescue station for the City of Doon. The grant is for nearly $263,000 over 6 cycles.

Foundation board president Jeff Gallagher says it was great to be able to help these projects.


He highlights a few of the projects.


Also receiving funding were improvements at the Lyon County Fair’s Rapid Speedway, Remodling of the Rock Rapids VFW, a power-load system for the Lyon County Ambulance crew, and several other projects.

Jeff Gallagher
Jeff Gallagher

Since inception in July of 2011, the LCRF has handed out 161 competitive grants totaling over $3,500,000. Another $3.5 million has been given to county government subdivisions, for a total of $7 million given back to Lyon County.

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