The Scott County Regional Authority awarded about $1.57 million in grants Wednesday to Quad-City organizations.
The 63 projects ranged from SmartBoards in elementary school classrooms to providing affordable housing and coats for children in need.
The organization awards grants in the fall and spring each year, and since 1991 has awarded $65.9 million to schools, nonprofits and government agencies in the
The grant money comes from gaming revenues at the Isle of Capri Bettendorf casino.
Donyelle DeVore-Kemp, a spokeswoman for the casino, thanked the board and committees Wednesday for their work in administering the grants.
“We’re very happy to be part of it, and we’re really looking forward to seeing what the funds and these projects can do in our community,” she said.
Among Wednesday’s recipients was the Dr. David E. Lane Coats for Kids program, administered by the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, which received a grant of $19,000.
Denise Zimmer, the facilitator of the program, said 3,000 coats were given away last winter and 2,000 coats so far this year to school children in eastern Iowa and Rock Island County in Illinois.
While the program receives donations of about 1,000 new or gently used coats every year, the rest are purchased through special programs, Zimmer said.
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“Without those grant funds, we would not be able to continue that program,” she said.
Rachael Mullins Steiner, assistant to the superintendent for community relations and partnerships for the Davenport Community School District, said the seven grants the district received Wednesday totaling $265,708 brings the total the district has received from SCRA in the last 10 years to about $5 million.
Steiner said while the district used to submit grants requests seeking funding for items such as band uniforms and instruments, the grant requests now frequently are for new technology for schools, such as SmartBoards for classrooms, computer stations and science lab equipment.
Ted Olt III, president of the SCRA board of directors, said the amount given this fall was down slightly from the $1.6 million awarded a year ago. Last fall, the SCRA received 117 requests totaling $3.3 million. This fall, the board received 112 requests totaling $2.9 million, and funded 63 of those projects.
Olt said he has served on committees that read grant proposals from educational organizations and nonprofits, with requests ranging from school technology to funding to provide food and shelter to those in need to supporting the arts.
“It’s interesting to try to find a balance there,” he said.