Foundation / Corporation
Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation (PACGDC)
Grants to Palo Alto County, Iowa nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions for a broad range of projects that benefit local residents. Please note that funding may only be applied to actual project costs. The funding source's mission is to strengthen Palo Alto County communities for future generations by creating partnerships, leveraging resources, and being a catalyst in identifying and supporting community needs.
GrantWatch ID#: 148266
School districts will no longer be eligible to apply for a grant project exceeding $5,000 dollars (Full grant). The money awarded may be used for affiliated or extracurricular activities (i.e. Booster clubs) as well, but organizations within the district will also no longer be eligible to apply for grant projects exceeding $5,000 dollars.
Cities will no longer be eligible for grant projects exceeding $5,000 dollars (Full grant). The boards or commissions will also, no longer be eligible to apply for grant projects exceeding $5,000 dollars (example: libraries, parks).
Total project cost is limited to a maximum of $150,000 with 25% matching funds. Projects include a minimum of 25% matching funds for final costs up to $150,000. If your completed project costs exceed this $150,000 limit, 50% matching funds will be required and your final grant payment will be adjusted accordingly.
Please be aware that construction projects may exceed anticipated costs, so plan ahead. (Example: If an organization is issued a grant for a building project costing $150,000 they must show $37,500 of matching funds. If the building project would cost $150,001 the organization would have to have $75,000.50 in matching funds).
Grant funds must be expended within the period covered by the grant: PACGDC receipt of the signed Grant Agreement to December 31st.
In the event the project cannot be completed by December 31st, the organization must submit a written request for an extension by December 1st specifying valid reasons. A decision to extend the grant period is solely within the discretion of the PACGDC Board of Directors.
Organizations qualified to submit grant requests are: (1) a nonprofit organization qualified under section 501(c)3 of the U.S. IRS Code; (2) a governmental agency; or (3) an educational institution.
A copy of the current IRS 501(c)3 determination letter must be submitted with each copy of the application.
The non-profit organization must be incorporated or chartered or authorized to do business in the State of Iowa or chartered or licensed by the U.S. Government. ALL 501(c)3 applicants must include a copy of their current Certificate of Good Standing (not more than 60 days old) issued from the Iowa Secretary of State with each copy of the application.
Governmental agencies/entities (federal, state, city, county, schools, divisions or departments of such) must provide a resolution from their governing board authorizing the applicant for grant funds. The application must be made in the name of the governing board and the project would be the division or department asking for funds. For example, a Fire Department would need a resolution from its City Council; the community college would need a resolution from its Board of Trustees. (See additional instructions, Form A).
All full grant applicants who are NOT a 501c3 organization, governmental entity, or educational institution, MUST be sponsored by a local city council, the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors, or local School Board. Entities must provide a Resolution or Minutes from the sponsor’s governing board and Minutes from the applicant’s governing board.
The organization must serve residents of Palo Alto County and the grant must be used for services to Palo Alto County residents.
The organization must have sufficient representation from residents from Palo Alto County.
Limitations on Full Grants:
a. Grants are limited to 1 application per entity/group. Only one project may be included on an application.
b. Grants will not be made to individuals, including scholarships.
c. Grants will not be made to political causes, political candidates, or lobbying efforts.
d. Grants will not be made to support endowment funds and/or foundations. PACGDC does not accept grant applications from foundations.
e. Grants will not be made to fund an organization’s operating deficits, ongoing operating expenses, or existing capital improvement debt unless with Board approval.
f. PACGDC does not normally fund personnel expenses, except for outside contracted services for specific projects. Personnel expenses include salaries and benefits for part or full time employees.
Grants will not be made for expenses of fundraising campaigns.
g. Pursuant to the Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission rules, no licensee or qualified sponsoring organization may make a distribution to any organization that has an employee, officer or director who is a member of the Commission. This provision does not apply to employees, officers, directors or trustees of political subdivisions or their affiliated agencies or boards. No commissioner shall express, or otherwise attempt to influence, a qualified sponsoring organization as to the Commissioners’ preference for a potential grantee. Grant applicants must not attempt to contact the Commissioners to influence the PACGDC decision on any application. Grant recipients may be required to certify they do not employ a Commission member.
h. School districts will no longer be eligible to apply for a grant project exceeding $5,000 dollars (Full grant). The money awarded may be used for affiliated or extracurricular activities (i.e. Booster clubs) as well, but organizations within the district will also no longer be eligible to apply for grant projects exceeding $5,000 dollars. The school board will determine how this award will be allocated to affiliated or extracurricular activities.
i. All non-public schools and related school organizations must meet the same standards as outlined above.
j. Cities will no longer be eligible for grant projects exceeding $5,000 dollars (Full grant). The boards or commissions will also, no longer be eligible to apply for grant projects exceeding $5,000 dollars (example: libraries, parks). The city will determine how this award will be allocated to its boards or commissions. However, due to the different funding authorities, PACGDC will make an exception for fire departments and chambers of commerce, as they will still be eligible for grant funding at this time.
Grants require 25% matching funds. If your completed project costs exceed the grant limit, 50% matching funds will be required. Please be aware that construction projects may exceed anticipated costs, so plan ahead.
The deadline for submitting applications is December 31st.
The grants will be awarded in March. No exact date is set at this time.
More information about the PACGDC may be found here:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation
P.O. Box 153
Emmetsburg, IA 50536
USA: Iowa: Palo Alto County