Prairie Meadows & Polk County Host Community Impact Luncheon

Prairie Meadows Awards $6 Million in Grants to Iowa Nonprofits

July 15 – Altoona, IA. It was another amazing year of charitable giving for Prairie Meadows. The nonprofit casino awarded $6 million to deserving charities and organizations through its Community Betterment and Legacy Grant programs in 2019. Prairie Meadows and Polk County came together to celebrate grant recipients of both organizations at the co-hosted Community Impact Luncheon on July 15.

“We are exceptionally thankful for our relationship with Prairie Meadows. It allows us to engage in growing and improving our community and helping our most vulnerable residents in ways that most local governments can’t,” said Polk County Board of Supervisors Chair Tom Hockensmith. 

Angela Connolly, member of the Polk County Board of Supervisors added “the non-profit organizations that we are able to support through this relationship are responsible for implementing big ideas and creating the momentum and change we see in our community and the Board of Supervisors are proud to partner with them to create this impact.”

The nonprofit partnership between Prairie Meadows and Polk County improves lives and creates a lasting impact that resonates across communities and generations. This unique partnership has generated $1.8 billion in funding over the course of 30 years. This funding strengthens, expands and beautifies the infrastructure and services offered within central Iowa. From improving the health and well-being of area children to renovating and revitalizing city parks, this partnership helps the lives of thousands of Iowans who call Polk County home.

“As a nonprofit organization, Prairie Meadows fulfills its mission by giving back to organizations that support arts and culture, education, economic development, and human services. We are excited to see how these grants positively impact our central Iowa community,” said Julie Stewart, Prairie Meadows’ Director of Community Relations. 

Prairie Meadows awarded 205 Community Betterment and 17 Legacy Grants while Polk County awarded 174 Community Betterment Grants and 32 Developmental Grants. These grants will benefit organizations throughout Iowa. As a nonprofit organization, Prairie Meadows strives to promote economic development, jobs, agriculture, and tourism in the state of Iowa.

Click here to view 2019 Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant recipients.

Click here to view 2019 Prairie Meadows Legacy Grant recipients.

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About Prairie Meadows
Prairie Meadows began operations as a nonprofit organization in 1989 with the goal of promoting economic development, jobs, agriculture, and tourism in the state of Iowa. Through taxes, grants, and charitable donations, Prairie Meadows has given $1.8 billion to the state of Iowa. Prairie Meadows offers nearly 1,700 slot machines, table games, live and simulcast racing, hotel accommodations, entertainment, and more.

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