Foundation / Corporation
Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation (UMGC)
Grants to Clayton County, Iowa nonprofit organizations and government agencies to strengthen local communities. Eligible types of activities include education, safety, public health, tourism, cultural and recreational opportunities, economic development, and community betterment.
UMGC Mission Statement: Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to the enrichment of Clayton County, Iowa through the dispersion of funds acquired from an admission tax paid by the Lady Luck Casino, Marquette. 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 youth, or improve the overall quality of life for residents of this county.
Types of Activities Funding:
A. Economic Development & Community Betterment
B. Tourism, Culture and Recreation
C. Education, Public Health & Safety
Types of Support Awarded:
Capital funds, matching funds and extraordinary funding requirements.
GrantWatch ID#: 146332
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 submitting an application. Visit the Secretary of State web-sight at www.sos.ia.us for filing information for Iowa corporations. Applications will not be considered that do not provide the required documentation.
B. To organizations that are located in or provide services to Clayton County, Iowa. (Your project must provide a direct benefit for the people of Clayton County.)
C. The organization must not illegally discriminate on the basis of age, gender, or race.
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.
If any organization is applying for funds for any program/project which involves property that is not owned/operated by the applicant, i.e., a PTA, individual school, etc., the applicant must provide authorization from the owner/operator of the facility (in this case, the school administration). This would include city properties or properties or facilities owned/operated by other agencies. It would also include any documentation certifying an agency to perform any activity, etc., granted by another agency or unit of government.
Proof of authorization from the school or government body must be documented with a copy of minutes showing Council or Board approval and the grant application must be signed by the Board President or mayor.
Applying for a grant does not guarantee the requested project or program will be funded. The Board may, at its discretion, choose to fund your request in full, in part, with stipulations, or not at all.
The application must be in the UMGC office by 5:00 PM on the last business day of August. No late applications will be accepted.
Proposals are evaluated by the Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation Board of Directors, who may seek additional information from the applicants or members of the community knowledgeable to the subject area. Final decisions on all grants are made by the Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation Board of Directors.
Grant applications will be rated on demonstration of need, leverage of other funds or community support, community impact, proposed evaluation of results, and strength of the organization.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation
1118 Main Street
P.O. Box 208
McGregor, IA 52157-0208
USA: Iowa: Clayton County