Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation, an non-profit corporation, holds the state gaming license under which Wild Rose Casino in Jefferson operates. Since Wild Rose opened, Grow Greene County has awarded more than $3.5 million in grants. Funds come from a percentage of gaming proceeds.
The Grow Greene County board of directors encourages projects that will impact the county in years to come. Competitive grants were awarded in 2018 to Paton for a trail from Main Street to the John Deere plant; Jefferson park & recreation for a new gym floor at the Greene County Community Center; Scranton for the Memorial Park shelter; Jefferson Matters: Tower View Team for Arch Alley; and Rippey for the repurposing of the gym to the city shed and fire department. These projects will influence a cross section of communities, ages and interests in the county.
Grow Greene last spring awarded funds to each municipality in the county and Paton-Churdan School, and also announced a long-term pledge of $4.5 million to fund the performing arts and athletic facilities at the new Greene County High School.
Grow Greene County considers grant applications for projects of $35,000 or more. The grant applications and guidelines are available at www.growgreenecounty.org.
Grow Greene County also provides the Greene County Community Foundation with funds to award for projects of $34,999 or less. Community Foundation grant applications and guidelines are available at www.forgreenecounty.org. That application deadline is also Feb. 14.