During the monthly board meeting, the Dubuque Racing Association (DRA) announced five additional organizations from Iowa will receive funding as part of the organization's Mission Grant funding process for 2022. According to a recent press release, the organizations receiving funding include:

  • Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque Project:
    Equity, Education and Empowerment Award: $100,000
  • United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States Project:
    Community Impact of Poverty Award: $75,000
  • St. Mark Youth Enrichment Project:
    St. Mark Early Childhood Expansion Award: $125,000
  • Habitat for Humanity Project:
    Small Home Housing Development Award: $200,00
  • Dubuque County Historical Society/National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium Project:
    Rivers to the Sea (Permanent Exhibit & Interpretation) Award: $50,000 per year for 3 years ($150,000)

These organizations have requested more than $17 million in funding for a collection of projects and initiatives under the Mission Grant category; designed to fund large, capacity-building projects that tie into the DRA's overall mission. Grants range from $50,000 to $500,000 and help fund programs and initiatives designed to enhance population growth, retention and tourism in the local area.

Alex Dixon, President & CEO of the DRA and Q Casino stated:

Credit: DRA
Credit: DRA

“We are impressed with the proposals submitted and look forward to seeing how the capacity-building ideas the DRA has chosen to help fund take shape and come-to-life. As an organization, we have a long history of making investments in communities and having a positive impact on growth and change. We are firmly committed to this approach and look forward to working with these five organizations and supporting their different projects throughout the Dubuque area."

Earlier this year, the DRA presented Dyersville Events, Inc. a check for $250,000 as part the Mission Grant program to help support programs and activities in the Dyersville area August 9th through the 12th. This funded Beyond the Game; a multi-event fan experience during the Field of Dreams game week, and the new If You Build It exhibit; which allows visitors to revisit their favorite moments from the Field of Dreams film, hear about behind-the-scenes stories, and find out how the movie was made.

Credit: DRA
Credit: DRA

The DRA is the non-profit entity that owns and operates Q Casino and is the co-licensee for Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque. Since 1985, the DRA has awarded 5,000-plus grants – totaling more than $52 million – to over 1,500 organizations in the tri-state area; including Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. The organization has so far pledged $2,976,000 in 2022 for community organizations to tap into for grant opportunities. More information on Mission Grant recipients and other DRA related news can be found by visiting dradubuque.com.

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