Grant applications available for 2018 Grow Greene grants

Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation, the local nonprofit corporation that holds the state gaming license in Greene County, distributed more than $1.4 million worth of grants at its second annual Awards Night last spring. In the two years since the casino opened Grow Greene has awarded more than $2.3 million.

On Oct. 1, Grow Greene will release the application for the third round of competitive grants in Greene County. The application can be found on the Grow Greene County website. along with guidelines regarding what Grow Greene will fund. Completed applications must be postmarked by Feb. 15, 2018.

The Grow Greene board of directors encourages projects that will impact the county in years to come.

In the spring of 2017 Grow Greene competitive grants were awarded to Greene County trail head; Grand Junction senior housing; Scranton historic water tower; Greene County courthouse rotunda; Churdan public library; E911 board for radios; and Greene County Youth Athletic Association. These projects will influence a cross section of communities, ages and interests in the county. Grow Greene last spring also awarded funds to each municipality in the county and the two school districts.

Under agreement with Wild Rose Entertainment Inc., Grow Greene receives five percent of the local casino’s adjusted gross gaming revenues to distribute to nonprofit, governmental and charitable organizations. Of that total 4.1 percent went to projects in Greene County and 0.9 percent was shared equally by the community foundations in the six counties contiguous to Greene County.

The Grow Greene County board of directors includes president Norm Fandel, vice president Craig Marquardt, secretary Peg Raney, treasurer Bob Allen and board members Lori Mannel, Brenda Muir, Kate Neese and Rick Morain. Board attorney is Mike Mumma.

Potential grantees with questions may be interacting with Grow Greene’s administrative assistant Cindy Duhrkopf.

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