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SIOUX CITY -- Missouri River Historical Development, Inc. awarded grants totaling $400,407 to 37 non-profit organizations and governmental entities.

Individual grants ranged from $3,756 to $15,000.

“MRHD is privileged to provide much-needed funding that supports the important work of non-profits and governmental entities in Woodbury County,” said MRHD President Dakin Shultz.

Dakin Schultz

Schultz

MRHD, a nonprofit gaming group, holds the state gaming license for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and receives a portion of the downtown Sioux City's casino's revenues for distribution in the community.

Since its grant program began in 1994, MRHD has awarded 851 Spring Grants totaling more than $5.7 million. Its Special Projects and Holiday Gifts have added up to more than $10 million.

Some of the grants awarded Wednesday included:

-- $15,000 to the LaunchPad children’s museum for a new 15-foot-tall exhibit shaped like a rocket ship.

-- $15,000 to The Sioux City Housing Trust Fund, Inc. to repair and rehabilitate homes for low-income residents; qualified Sioux City homes;

-- $12,040 for the Danbury Fire Fighters Association to replace outdated equipment; $7,000 to the Siouxland Humane Society for two stainless-steel cat/kitten/small animal kennel banks;

-- $10,000 to The Catholic Globe, the Sioux City Diocese’ official newspaper, to digitize all pages in its 70-year publication history. When the later project is completed, the public can visit a newly created website that will offer free access to diocesan, national and international coverage, said Globe Managing Editor Joanne Fox.

-- $10,000 to ThinkCause to purchase equipment, including computers, for VolunteerSiouxland, ThinkCause’s largest initiative.

Below is the full list of grants, awarded in five categories: Economic Development, Community Improvement and Tourism; Human Services and Health Services; Civic, Public, Patriotic, Charitable & Religious; Leisure, Cultural and Historical; and Education.

Economic Development, Community Improvement and Tourism: $51,528

  • Woodbury County Conservation: projection/sound system, $15,000;
  • City of Salix: street improvements, $15,000;
  • Anthon Community Development Corp.: playground equipment, $15,000;
  • City of Smithland: skid-loader attachments, $6,528.

Human Services, Health Services: $86,426

  • Siouxland Food Bank: heater and pallet wrapper, $15,000;
  • Pierson Volunteer Fire Dept.: automatic chest-compression apparatus, $10,000;
  • Danbury Community Ambulance: stair chair, $3,756;
  • Sioux City Housing Trust Fund: home improvements for elderly, $15,000;
  • Danbury Fire Fighters: 12 Scott carbon cylinders; two Scott Sight, $12,040;
  • Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence: fire-and-safety update in two buildings, $15,000;
  • Jackson Recovery: LED lighting for main office, $5,000 
  • Center for Siouxland: security system, $10,630.

Civic, Public, Patriotic, Charitable and Religious: $166,953

  • Correctionville Emergency Responders: thermal imaging camera, $8,053;
  • Cushing Fire & Rescue: thermal imaging camera, $8,000;
  • Pierson American Legion 291: green space improvements, $15,000;
  • Siouxland Humane Society: animal kennel banks, $7,000;
  • Sioux City Fire Rescue: hoods and helmet liners, $10,000;
  • Anthon Community Fire: turnout gear, $15,000;
  • Siouxland Soccer Foundation: soccer equipment, $15,000;
  • Oto Fire Dept.: turnout gear, $15,000;
  • City of Hornick: generator for sewer plant, $15,000;
  • Sioux City Monahan-Nelson Post 64: tiles to replace carpet, $3,900;
  • Mission of the Messiah: mattresses and box springs, $10,000;
  • Support Siouxland Soldiers: food and resource directories, $10,000;
  • Noah’s Hope Animal Rescue, Inc.: used cargo van, $15,000;
  • ThinkCause: equipment for VolunteerSiouxland, $10,000;
  • Mater Dei Catholic Parish: personal items pantry, $10,000.

Leisure, Cultural, Historical: $30,000

  • Vangarde Arts, Inc.: new venue renovation, $10,000;
  • Sioux City Fire and Rescue Historical Society: fire-engine restoration, $10,000;
  • The Globe, Sioux City Diocese newspaper: digitize newspaper, develop web site, $10,000.

Education: $65,500

  • The Children’s School, Inc.: carpet, appliances, furniture, $5,000;
  • Native American Child Care Center: educational materials, $6,500;
  • Tolerance Week, Inc.: transportation and honorarium, $4,000;
  • Lucky Leprechauns: provisions for student needs, $10,000;
  • LaunchPad Children’s Museum: new educational exhibit, $15,000;
  • Mater Dei School: tech upgrade for 10 classrooms, $15,000;
  • ARC of Woodbury County: educational materials, $10,000.
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