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SIOUX CITY -- Starting Feb. 15, Missouri River Historical Development Inc. will start accepting applications for its spring grants program.

Woodbury County-based nonprofit groups and government entities are invited to apply. The maximum individual spring grant is $15,000.

Grant application forms may be requested at Feb. 15 through March 15. Telephone and postal service requests will not be accepted. Completed grant application forms are due April 1. Grants will be awarded by MRHD at 2 p.m. May 16 at the Betty Strong Encounter Center.

Requests for grant application forms require a copy of the nonprofit’s "Certificate of Good Standing" issued by the Iowa Secretary of State's Office, Corporate Division. Government entities must submit a letter from their chief operating officer, indicating the entity has board approval to request grant applications and to receive grants.

Entities that received a MRHD grant in 2017 cannot apply for another grant until 2019. Recipient organizations that have not completed a project funded by a MRHD grant also are ineligible. MRHD 2017 holiday gift recipient organizations may apply for a spring grant. However, they may not receive a holiday grant two years in a row.

MRHD holds the state gaming license for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and it collects 4.25 percent of the casino's adjusted gross gaming revenues for distribution to charities, civic groups and local governmental bodies.

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