Casino nonprofit grants $830,000

Published 10:23 am Thursday, April 18, 2013

NORTHWOOD — The Worth County Development Authority this week announced it has awarded more than $830,000 in grants to Worth County and other regional cities and organizations.

The highest-dollar grant went to the city of Northwood for its downtown courtyard park improvements for about $176,000.

Thirty-six other grants were also awarded.

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The awards bring the total given out by the WCDA — the nonprofit co-licensee for Diamond Jo Casino — to more than $27 million since its inception in 2006, said Deb Hanson with the organization. This includes grants, scholarships and money given to school districts.

Each year, the nonprofit receives 5.76 percent of the casino’s annual gross revenue.

Off the top of that amount, 7 percent of the nonprofit’s funds goes to Worth County. Then 47.5 percent goes to education and 47.5 percent goes toward other projects.

Grants are given out twice a year, and educational awards are given out annually.

Other grants given out were the following:

• $87,663 to Manly’s Parks and Recreation Department for an expansion of the Macer-Dunn Ball Field.

• $84,143 to the Northern Lights Masonic Lodge 266 in Northwood for a kitchen and rear entry remodel.

• $79,670 to Fertile for water tower painting and repair.

• $79,150 to First Lutheran Church in Northwood for tuckpointing.

• $38,477 for Manly’s Fire Department for a breathing air compressor.

• $29,375 to Grafton for new lift station pumps.

• $24,624 for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6779 in Northwood for wiring and update to the dining area.

• $24,190 to the Worth County Historical Society for a roof on the Stromstein Building.

• $19,500 to Kensett for a portable generator.

• $17,901 to the Le Roy Community Pool for repairs and and renovations.

• $15,000 to the Hancock County Agricultural Society for a three-season building.

• $14,000 to Manly for concrete in Railroad Park.

• $12,712 to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Scarville to go toward a handicap sidewalk.

• $11,745 to Silver Lake Lutheran Church for solar panels.

• $10,028 to Northwood for aquatic center improvements.

• $10,000 to Sacred Heart Church in Manly for tuckpointing.

• $9,999 to Kensett for playground equipment for a park.

• $9,540 to Woden for playground equipment.

• $9,250 to the Northern Lights Masonic Lodge 266 in Northwood for an entrance sign.

• $9,200 to Adams for a pool bathhouse.

• $9,100 to the Manly Public Library for entry doors.

• $7,560 to Hanlontown for a shelter and storage roof project.

• $6,446 for the Joice Public Library for an upgrade to its computers and server.

• $6,121 to Bethany Lutheran Church in Joice for carpet in its sanctuary.

• $5,482 to the Lyle Lions Club for community center roof renovations.

• $5,450 to Grafton Community Action for painting of the Grafton Heritage Depot.

• $5,434 to the River City Society for Historic Preservation to develop its basement.

• $4,529 to Northwood’s public library to acquire materials.

• $3,024 to Manly for LED lighting.

• $2,823 to the city of Manly for a project to clean up the pool.

• $2,500 to Stacyville for a project play zone.

• $2,146 to Worth County Extension for a Worth County ISU extension.

• $1,730 to the Worth County Izaak Walton League to replace deep fat fryers.

• $1,624 to the Mona Lutheran Church for wheelchair ramps.

• $1,346 to the Charles City Arts Center for supplies for an after school art project.

• $850 to the Worth County Community of Promise for the Northwood Community Center.

No grants were given out in Freeborn County.

Information about the WCDA can be found at