Funding Criteria

Home Funding Criteria

Some gaming associations put all their proceeds into an endowment fund and their grants are made from the interest earned on the endowment. BHCGA operates differently; we put our revenue to use in the year we receive them. The only exception is the money we put in reserve for our own expenses and future planned obligations.

Requests We Will Consider

The Board of Directors of the Black Hawk County Gaming Association is interested in awarding grants that will make the Cedar Valley a stronger, better place to live.It places particular emphasis on proposals that enhance public facilities; create, replace or upgrade substantial capital items; or create new opportunities where none now exist.Projects should demonstrate the ability to leverage funding and support from additional sources.Special preference is given to applications that maximize community resources through cooperation and collaboration with other organizations in the community and the elimination of redundant services, programs or projects.Applications should demonstrate the sustainability of the proposed project without additional long-term financial commitments from Black Hawk County Gaming Association.

A partial list of programs, projects and activities that will be considered for funding includes:

  • Capital improvements
  • Challenge grants
  • Charitable programs
  • Operating requests for new programs or services only
  • Projects that provide tax relief for cities and counties
  • Public works projects
  • Transformational projects that are major new initiatives in the Cedar Valley

Requests We Will Not Consider

Some programs, projects and activities are outside the scope or geographic area served by the Black Hawk County Gaming Association.  We will not accept or consider applications which request more than 50% of the funds from BHCGA. The Board of Directors will not entertain a grant for a project that has already broke ground or for items already purchased. BHCGA does not backfill debt. Project cannot start until after grant award date.

In addition, BHCGA will not accept or consider requests to fund:

  • Annual campaigns
  • Any program located outside the seven-county service area (see Where We Do It)
  • Capital campaigns for private organizations
  • Computers, cell phones, printers or tablets for individual or classroom use and related hardware and software
  • Conferences or seminars
  • Contests or competitions to benefit individuals
  • Endowment funds
  • Existing bills, debts or costs already obligated for the project
  • Festivals
  • Financial support for individuals or their families
  • For-profit organizations or programs
  • Foundation operating endowments
  • Fundraising events or activities
  • Healthcare for individuals or their families
  • Hospitals, group homes, assisted living projects, nursing homes, independent care and extended care facilities
  • Membership in civic or social organizations
  • Memorials
  • Organizations that would re-distribute the funds received to other groups and or individuals
  • Political or issue advocacy or political advertising, campaigns or lobbying
  • Private events or activities
  • Publications
  • Public service vehicle requests such as new ambulances, police cars, fire trucks, and other public safety equipment projects should note the board of directors prefer at least a 70% match
  • Public utility projects that rely on user fees and can generate additional revenue are not eligible for funds from BHCGA
  • Roofing, electrical and heating and cooling updates as well as parking lot repairs are all considered basic building maintenance and are not supported with BHCGA funds.
  • Research
  • Subscriptions
  • Support for religious worship, education or proselytizing
  • Tickets
  • Trips

No distribution to any organization that has an employee, officer or director who is a member of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.