WCRF receives 78 applications

By Xiomara Levsen, The JOURNAL

Seventy-eight applications were handed into the Washington County Riverboat Foundation (WCRF) for its spring grant cycle.

?That?s about average,? executive assistant Jim Logan said. ?Most [of the] time we get 75 to 90.?

The total amount in grant requests is $7,489,000, he added. Up to $1.5 million will probably be awarded at the spring grant presentation May 17 at the Riverside Casino.

There are nine grants requesting more than $100,000 from the Riverboat Foundation alone.

The two highest grant applications are from the YMCA of Washington County, which is asking for a grant of $3.5 million for its building project, and Washington County, which is asking for a grant of $1.5 million for an emergency operations center.

The City of Ainsworth is asking for $427,500, for a new fire station. The City of Washington also asked for $266,774 for a new fire station, Logan said.

The next largest grant applicant is from the University of Iowa Children?s Hospital, which is asking for $165,000 for its Neonatal Echocardiograph Program, according to the list of applicants.

Some of the larger grants could be paid out over several years, Logan added, but that would reduce the amount the Riverboat Foundation could give out the following year because they have to account for that money being paid out.

?Kalona Historical Society is looking for $100,000,? he said. ?Washington Community Theater is looking for $100,000.?

In the next month, the spring grant committee will review the list of applicants to present for approval at the meeting on May 17.