Prairie Meadows' Board Approves $1.5 Million for 2021 Community Betterment and Youth Sports & Recreational Grants

October 1, 2021 – Altoona, IA. In June, Prairie Meadows’ Board of Directors approved $2.5 million for Prairie Meadows’ Legacy Grant program. On September 30, the Board of Directors approved an additional $1.5 million in funds for Prairie Meadows’ Community Betterment grant program and their Youth Sports & Recreational grants.

One hundred and nineteen Community Betterment grants were awarded for a total of $1.25 million. Of those grants, Prairie Meadows was able to provide full funding for 35 projects in central Iowa. The Youth Sports & Recreational grant program is still in its infancy at Prairie Meadows. This program celebrates Iowan’s passion for sports and healthy living projects and initiatives. This year Prairie Meadows’ Board approved $250,000 for 20 sports and recreational projects in the area.

“We are so proud that we’ve been able to provide much needed support in our community with these grant dollars,” said Prairie Meadows President/CEO Gary Palmer. “The success of organizations like these are what make our community a remarkable place to live and work.”

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 $2 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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