Prairie Meadows' Announces 2021 Grant Program

March 25, 2021 – Altoona, IA. As a nonprofit organization, Prairie Meadows fulfills its purpose by giving back to organizations that support arts and culture, education, economic development, and human services in the state of Iowa. Today, it is with great pride that Prairie Meadows announces it will resume its charitable giving program by providing $4 million in grants in 2021. The following grant programs will begin accepting applications April 1.

  • Community Betterment Grants – application deadline May 28, 2021
  • Youth Sports and Recreational Grants – application deadline May 28, 2021

Legacy grant applications submitted in 2020 will be reviewed this year and grants will be awarded from the charitable giving dollars set aside for 2021. New Legacy Grant applications will be accepted beginning January 3, 2022.

“Giving back to our community is the foundation of Prairie Meadows,” said Gary Palmer, President/CEO of Prairie Meadows. “Our commitment to transforming the lives of our friends and neighbors, is what is at the core of our charitable giving programs.”

Since 1996 Prairie Meadows has given more than $857 million in charitable funding to the state of Iowa, For more information on Prairie Meadows’ grant programs, visit

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 more than $1.9 billion to the state of Iowa, Polk County, City of Altoona, City of Des Moines, and Polk County Schools, and numerous other local and state charities. Prairie Meadows offers slot machines, table games, live and simulcast racing, sports wagering, hotel accommodations, entertainment, and more.


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