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Dubuque Racing Association (DRA) Grant

Grants to Dubuque, Iowa Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools,
Churches, and Fire Departments for Community Benefit

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Dubuque Racing Association (DRA)

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Deadline Date:

02/28/18 5:00 PM


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Grants to Dubuque, Iowa nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, churches, and fire departments to benefit the local community. First-time applicants are encouraged to attend an informational session on January 17, 2018. Applications are considered on a on a case-by-case basis, including those that address needs in the following areas:

- Arts and culture
- Recreation
- Education
- Health and human services
- Emergency services
- Civic and community development

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167393

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations that have received 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) designation from the Internal Revenue Service or must be a unit of political subdivision (i.e., Conservation Districts).

Organizations are not allowed to "share" or "borrow" a 501(c)(3) status with another organization. The name on the application must match the name on the IRS-issued letter. Only one application per 501(c)(3) or equivalent tax-exempt status will be accepted.

Individual schools, churches, or volunteer fire departments will not need a 501(c)(3) letter. They are exempted by law or fall under a blanket exemption because of their ties to a municipality.

Cities/villages/towns/counties are allowed one application. A letter from the city/county administrator endorsing the project must be attached to the application.

Schools will be allowed one application per "attendance center". Schools are tax exempt by statue, but affiliated organizations must hold a 501(c)(3) in its own name (no sharing allowed). Only one application be allowed (i.e., one from the school or one from affiliated organizations).

All school applications (individual departments or affiliated organizations requests) must be submitted under a cover letter approved by the school principal.

If an application is received from an affiliated organization without the endorsement from the school principal, it will be rejected.

Not Funded:
-Travel expenses or seminars
-Salaries, wages, benefits or other employee-related costs. Exception: If your project involves hosting a guest speaker or group to address a group or event, the grant will fund the contractual fee, but not the travel expenses.
-Recurring expenses
-Participation in capital campaigns
-Endowment funds
-Political causes, candidates or lobbying efforts
-Individuals, including scholarships and personal benefits
-Operating expenses including staff, rent payments, lease payments and utilities
-Debt incurred or purchases made prior to DRA’s grant award notification

Pre-proposal Conference:

The grant training sessions will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM and 5:30 - 6:30 PM in the Q Casino Showroom.

It is recommended that first time grant applicants attend one of these sessions.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:

- Application Available: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
- Information Sessions: Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Noon – 1:00 PM and 5:30 – 6:30PM
- Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 5:00 PM
- Grant Announcement: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Kathy Droessler, Director of Grants

Dubuque Racing Association Ltd.
1855 Greyhound Park Road
Dubuque, IA 52001

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa: Dubuque