Regional Development Authority awards $2 million in grants in Spring 2022

The non-profit organization associated with Rhythm City Casino Resort awards its semi-annual grants to local non-profit organizations, civic groups, and government organizations.

DAVENPORT, Iowa — The Regional Development Authority announced the release of nearly $2 million in grants going to more than 70 Quad City organizations and causes.

The RDA, which serves as the non-profit and qualified sponsor of Rhythm City Casinoannounced a total of $1,950,802 for the Spring 2022 half of its semi-annual grant program, sending the funds to a group of 77 local causes, made up of nonprofits, civic groups and government organizations .

The RDA distributes these community grants using Rhythm City Casino gaming operations funds.

The funds also include a portion of the money awarded to complete the Fall 2021 cycle grants, including a multi-cycle commitment of $250,000 to Humility Housing and Service, Inc., $125,000 to an affordable housing project and $125,000 to the Putnam Museum and Science Center for their Putnam Reimagined Project.

The RDA has broken down the grant distribution categories as such:

  • Economic development projects: $451,936 (23%)
  • Proposals for arts, culture and education: $801,485 (41%)
  • Support for human service efforts: $697,381 (36%)

In these three categories, 18% of total grant funds went to affordable housing efforts. This is the result of a decision by the RDA in June 2021 to prioritize affordable housing, such as skills and mental health. This priority status means that the RDA will seek to continue targeting these areas for grants and other support.

Following the RDA board meeting where the grants were approved, five local organizations were invited to the booth to present projects to the public, including Together Making a better Community, Quad Cities Open Network, Humble Dwellings , Vera French Community Mental Health Center and Quad Cities Housing Council.

Applications for the Fall 2022 grant cycle will open on July 31, 2022 and will last until the end of the day on September 30. Applications can be found on the DDR website.

The full list of grants and their amounts is shown below: