Posted Online: Nov. 14, 2012, 3:28 pm

Riverboat Development Authority awards grants

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Press release submitted by Shirley Schmidt

At the Board Meeting on Wednesday, Riverboat Development Authority, the qualified sponsoring organization for the Rhythm City Casino in Davenport, awarded grants to forty-six (46) nonprofit and civic projects in the Quad Cities.

Continuing the RDA's partnership with neighborhoods and neighborhood projects, grants went to the new Family Enrichment Center in the Goose Creek Hts. Neighborhood, a beautification project on Scott Street in the Gold Coast, Hamburg Historic Neighborhood and a regrant program at United Neighbors that supports a variety of neighborhood association projects during the year.

A partnership with the Friends of the Quad-Cities and the RiverCenter will bring a new Pool Tournament to Downtown Davenport. Previous pool tournaments have been high economic drivers for downtown hotels, restaurants and attractions.

Many of the grants reflect the growing needs of local human services agencies as they react to loss of state and federal funding. Pressure grows on local foundations to keep the programs going as the economy leads to growing needs in the community even as those program funds are diminished. The RDA is able to respond to many of them by establishing matching challenges to encourage others in the community to contribute.

Mary Ellen Chamberlin, President of the RDA, said that challenge grants have been very successful in helping such organizations to raise funds from a variety of community contributors and fund raisers. Many small contributors can have their donations doubled in that way. This has been a factor both in human service projects and the arts and culture community.

Since the first grant awards were made in 1991, the RDA has contributed $54,384,972.00 to hundreds of groups and projects in the Quad City community.

Complete list of awards:

Fall 2012 - Recommended
Applicant Synopsis Granted
Augustana College Audiology Services $16,000.00
Ballet Quad Cities Cinderella-Live Music $10,000.00
Bethany For Children & Families Give Kids A Smile Mobile Dental Clinic $15,000.00
Center For Active Seniors, Inc (CASI) Debt Reduction Challenge $40,000.00
Center For Alcohol & Drug Services (CADS) Information Technology $15,000.00
Child Abuse Prevention & Services Council 2013 Lifesaver Campaign $15,000.00
Child Abuse Prevention & Services Council QC Air Workshop $1,000.00
Children's Therapy Center Of The QC, Nfp Telephone System Purchase $8,000.00
Community Action Of Eastern Iowa * Playground Equipment AND Surfacing $15,000.00
Community Health Care Inc Dental Carts $6,200.00
Davenport Community School District Ambassador Campaign Phase II $35,000.00
Davenport, City Of/Police Department Tactical Masks $20,000.00
Downtown Davenport Partnership Summer Festival Sponsor $45,000.00
Eastern Iowa Community College-Region Support For ATEEC $20,000.00
Edgerton Women's Health Center Immunization For Kids $10,000.00
Fair Underwriters Inc Starlight Air Conditioner $12,500.00
Family Enrichment Center Of Davenport Goose Creek Community Center $18,000.00
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Applicant Synopsis Recommended
Friends Of The Quad Cities Chalk Talk Pool Tournament $7,500.00
Friends Of Vander Veer Donor Database $8,000.00
Genesis Health Services Foundation Flu Free QC $12,000.00
German American Heritage Center Debt Reduction Challenge $25,000.00
Gold Coast & Hamburg Historic District Scott St. Hill Beautification $13,000.00
Grow QC Fund, IA QC Regional Marketing $50,000.00
Hand In Hand Programs For Children / Special Camp Hand In Hand $6,000.00
Help Legal Aid Civil Legal Aid To Indigents $20,000.00
Junior Achievement Of The QC Area Inc. Technology Upgrade $7,000.00
Junior Theatre Inc * Upgrade Theater Lighting $20,000.00
Miss Iowa Scholarship Mgt. Corp. Miss Iowa Pageant Expenses $20,000.00
Mississippi Bend Area Special Events Comm. Coats For Kids $10,000.00
Mississippi Valley Blues Society Blues Education-Summer 2013 $20,000.00
New Ground Theatre Furniture And Equipment $5,000.00
Putnam Museum Of History And Natural Stem Learning Center $37,500.00
QC Botanical Center Foundation Children's Garden $25,000.00
QC Convention & Visitors Bureau Telecommunication/Technology $15,000.00
QC Jazz Festival, Ltd. Third Sunday Jazz $10,000.00
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Applicant Synopsis Recommended
River Center For The Performing Arts Ownership Stabilization-Yr.2 $50,000.00
River Music Experience Challenge Grant $75,000.00
Safer Foundation Of Iowa Juvenile Offender Program $20,000.00
Schuetzenpark Gilde Park Security Web Cameras $1,900.00
Supplemental Emergency Assistance Client Emergency Assistance $30,000.00
United Neighbors Inc Summer Park Program $40,000.00
United Neighbors Inc Neighborhood Projects & Outreach $20,000.00
Venus Envy Sponsor Venus Envy $8,000.00
Western Illinois University Foundation Electronic Enhancements $20,000.00
Women's Connection 15TH Anniversary Campaign $20,000.00
WVIK Public Radio Foundation Challengers Circle $25,000.00
Grand Total Recommended $922,600.00
Tuesday, November 13, 2012