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Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation (UMGC) Grant

Grants to Iowa Nonprofits and Agencies for Projects to
Enhance the Quality of Life for Local Residents

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Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation (UMGC)

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Deadline Date:

08/31/21 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Iowa nonprofit organizations and agencies for projects to enhance the quality of life for local residents in eligible locations. Applicants must submit a pre-application prior to submitting a full application. Eligible activity types include economic development and community betterment, education, public health and safety, tourism, culture, and recreation. Funding is intended to benefit Clayton County.

Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the enrichment of Clayton County, Iowa.  It is the groups’ mission to award these funds to qualifying tax-exempt organizations or those working in cooperation with local governments within Clayton County who cultivate projects that meet established criteria. These projects should encourage economic development, community betterment, improved cultural and recreational activity facilities, programs or activities that foster enhanced educational experiences for our youth, or improve the overall quality of life for residents of this county. 

Types of support awarded: Capital funds, matching funds, and extraordinary funding requirements.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146332

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Qualified Organizations:
A. To organizations that are qualified to receive 501(c) funds, i.e., organizations with an IRS designation of 501(c )3, 501(c )4, 501(c) 6, 501(c) 8, or units of political subdivisions. Applicants are required to provide a letter of designation as a tax exempt organization from the IRS and a current Certificate of Good Standing from the Iowa Secretary of State or the state in which your organization operates stating that the applicant is eligible to operate as a non-profit (Not applicable to political sub-divisions.) If you do not currently possess these certificates, please allow several weeks to obtain them, and plan accordingly before applying.
B. To organizations that are in or provide services to Clayton County, Iowa.

If applying from out of county you must provide a need or benefit for the people of Clayton County with your proposal.

A. No support of individuals, including individual scholarships or fellowships, or fundraising or benefit activities for individuals.
B. No support for political causes and candidates.
C. No support for ordinary operational and personnel expenses other than those associated with start-up costs.
D. No support for debt incurred or purchases made prior to UMGC grant award.
E. No support for capital projects for school, religious, or government facilities.
F. No endowment funds
G. When possible please use vendors from Clayton County, Iowa.

Pre-Application Information:

- Pre-applications must be received in the UMGC office no later than April 1st, 2021 at 5:00 pm.
- If your pre-application is approved, a copy of the 2021 UMGC Grant Application will be emailed to you by Friday, May 1st, 2021.
- Deadline: August 31 st – 5:00 PM. Applications must be in the office on the last business day of August.

UMGC likes to see at least a 25 % match.

Contact Information:

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

The filled out Pre-Application must be emailed to the UMGC office at or hand-delivered to the office:
Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation
1118 Main Street
McGregor, IA 52157

If you have any questions you may email or phone 563.873.2102 or 563.880.3656. Sindee Gohde, Executive Director

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USA: Iowa: Clayton County

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