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Nonprofit organizations that meet eligibility requirements (see below) are encouraged to file a grant application. The DRA considers each unique application on a case-by-case basis, including those that address needs in the following areas:

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  • Arts and culture
  • Recreation
  • Education
  • Health and human services
  • Emergency services
  • Civic and community development

2018 Important Dates

  • Application Available: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
  • Information Sessions: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | noon – 1pm and 5:30 – 6:30pm
    • Q Casino Showroom
    • It is recommended that first time grant applicants attend one of these sessions.
  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 5:00pm
  • Grant Announcement: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must be non-profit, tax-exempt organizations that have received 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) designation from the Internal Revenue Service or must be a unit of political subdivision (i.e., Conservation Districts). Organizations are not allowed to “share” or “borrow” a 501(c)(3) status with another organization. The name on the application must match the name on the IRS-issued letter. Only one application per 501(c)(3) or equivalent tax-exempt status will be accepted.

  • Individual schools, churches, or volunteer fire departments will not need a 501(c)(3) letter. They are exempted by law or fall under a blanket exemption because of their ties to a municipality.
  • Cities/villages/towns/counties are allowed one application. A letter from the city/county administrator endorsing the project must be attached to the application.
  • Schools will be allowed one application per “attendance center”. Schools are tax exempt by statue, but affiliated organizations must hold a 501(c)(3) in its own name (no sharing allowed).
  • Only one application be allowed (i.e., one from the school or one from affiliated organizations).
  • All school applications (individual departments or affiliated organizations requests) must be submitted under a cover letter approved by the school principal.
  • If an application is received from an affiliated organization without the endorsement from the school principal, it will be rejected.

Grants are NOT awarded for the following uses:

  • Travel expenses or seminars
  • Salaries, wages, benefits or other employee-related costs. Exception: If your project involves hosting a guest speaker or group to address a group or event, the grant will fund the contractual fee, but not the travel expenses
  • Recurring expenses
  • Participation in capital campaigns
  • Endowment funds
  • Political causes, candidates or lobbying efforts
  • Individuals, including scholarships and personal benefits
  • Operating expenses including staff, rent payments, lease payments and utilities
  • Debt incurred or purchases made prior to DRA’s grant award notification
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