Prairie Meadows’s Board Approves $13 Million in Charitable Giving Grants

July 13, 2023 - Altoona, IA. – Prairie Meadows’ Board of Directors approved $13 million in grants to nonprofits aligned with its mission to support arts and culture, education, economic development, and human services. Prairie Meadows grant programs work to strengthen and expand opportunities, infrastructure, and services offered within the community. Below are the three grant programs offered and the amount awarded: 

  1. Prairie Meadows Legacy Grant program awarded 19 grants totaling $4 million dollars. Legacy Grants provide funding in the range of $100,000 to $1 million for large-scale, signature projects in central Iowa.
  2. Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grants were awarded to 234 nonprofit organizations totaling $3,697,000.00. Community Betterment Grants fund small-to-medium sized projects with grants ranging from $100 to $99,999.
  3. Prairie Meadows Youth Sports and Recreational Grant program awarded 23 grant totaling $303,000.00. Youth sports and Recreational Grants are in the range of $1,000 - $50,000.
  4. Des Moines Airport expansion project will receive a $5 million grant.

“We are proud that we’ve been able to provide much needed support in our community with these grant dollars. Our goal is to be a catalyst that sparks change in our community and improves the lives of our neighbors,” said Prairie Meadows President and CEO, Gary Palmer. “The success of these non-profit organizations is what makes our community a remarkable place to live and work.”

Prairie Meadows believes in the power of giving back. Through taxes and charitable contributions, Prairie Meadows has helped transform the lives of thousands in Central Iowa communities. Since 1996, Prairie Meadows’ community betterment contributions have provided more than $2.1 billion to the state of Iowa.

Prairie Meadows and the Polk County Board of Supervisors representatives will co-host a joint Community Impact Luncheon on Friday, September 1 at 11:30 a.m. at Prairie Meadows in The Meadows Events Center. The luncheon will recognize the partnership that Prairie Meadows and Polk County have had since 1989 and will celebrate the organizations who have received grant funding from Polk County and Prairie Meadows.

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 $2.1 billion to the state of Iowa. Prairie Meadows offers slot machines, table games, live and simulcast racing, sports wagering, hotel accommodations, entertainment, and more. 

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