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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 20, 2017

Riverboat Foundation awards mini grants

By Xiomara Levsen | Jul 20, 2017
Fifty-two nonprofit groups received mini grants from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation Wednesday evening.

 

 

Fifty-two groups received mini grants from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation (WCRF) during the meeting Wednesday evening at the casino in Riverside.

The mini grants are presented once a year in between the spring and fall grant cycles and can award up to $2,000 for the selected recipients.

WCRF board member John Conway was the 2017 mini grant committee chairman and spoke a little bit about this year’s selection process.

“The mini grant committee met and dutifully discussed the minigrant applications that had been made,” Conway said. “It was a little more of a lively discussion than we normally have over the mini grants but a consensus was made.”

He recommended the board approve the list the committee brought to them that evening. All of the board members approved the list. Board member Cathy Rich was absent.

There were a few board members who chose to abstain from voting on certain grants. They included: Mike Driscoll from the Washington County Y grant; Brenda Herrington from the Kalona Historical Society grant; David Mitchell from the Washington County Y and YMCA of Washington County grants; Stephanie Schlabaugh from the United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties, the Washington County Y and YMCA of Washington County grants; and Tom Basten from the Friends of Lake Darling and Pheasants Forever grants.

After the mini grants were presented board president Mitchell announced the amount awarded that evening was $99,010.

“Let me say speaking as a member of the board, we really enjoy the mini grants because we will help a lot of groups and a lot of small projects that make a tremendous difference in the lives of citizens around them,” he said. “We are very thankful for what you do, the hard work your organizations do and we just hope to help you a little bit [to] keep those projects going and make them better. Thank you very much for everything that you do.”

The board also held a regular meeting and decided on the dates for the 2017 fall grant cycle. Grant applications will be due by 5 p.m., Oct. 4, and the 2017 fall grant presentation will be held Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the casino, Mitchell said.

A regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. and then the presentation will be at 6:30 p.m.

The next WCRF meeting will be at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Washington Public Library.

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