1 FISCAL YEAR 2017 ANNUALREPORT Celebrating 10 Years of Changing the Face of the Cedar Valley!
2 Message From The President Dear Friends, Fiscal Year 17 has been a landmark year. It was 10 years ago in November that the founding Black Hawk County Gaming Association board members made their first group of grant awards to community projects. The board members were interested in supporting projects that made the Cedar Valley a stronger, better place to live. Since November of 2007, our volunteer members have committed significant hours in providing excellent governance for the organization and in reviewing the hundreds of grant applications submitted to our organization. They carefully consider proposals that enhance public facilities, create, replace or upgrade substantial capital items and create new opportunities for many cities, counties and qualified 501c3 organizations. Over the past ten years, board members have awarded $39.3 million dollars to 444 different projects in seven counties and 51 cities. Now that is an accomplishment! We take immense pride in our work and the foresight our founders had by successfully bringing a casino to the community and utilizing funds received from our partnership with the Isle Casino to make the Cedar Valley a better place to live and work. Now that a decade of funding has passed we want to highlight our progress towards our mission of Helping the Cedar Valley Prosper. The report contains a list of every project funded in the past 10 years and tells our story of FY17 projects. During FY17, grant awards to projects totaled $4.8 and funded 45 separate projects. From public safety, parks, recreation and sports related projects to funding museums and qualified non-profit organizations, revenue received from the Isle has been used to enrich and strengthen our communities. Over 10 years ago, the board held discussions about the definition of Transformational what it meant and how to achieve it as those discussions took place the board slowly and steadily funded projects quarter after quarter. And now, as we look out our office window from the third floor of the US Bank Building transformation has become a reality in the form of the Sportsplex, The River Loop Expo, the Amphitheater and numerous projects under construction that did not receive funding from BHCGA, but located in downtown Waterloo. Projects like Single Speed Brewery, Hawkeye Community College new downtown campus, Grand Crossings, a Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, and much more. While projects funded by BHCGA started the transformation other entities stepped up to complete and construct valuable projects which energize and affirm our deep and unwavering commitment to creating a better place to live and work. After 10 years of life changing work, we are now preparing for the next stage of determining funding for eligible and worthy projects. During this fiscal year, the board developed a Discretionary Fund and process to help BHCGA react more quickly to needs in our community. Our board also boldly moved towards more investment in people and projects; while continuing our commitment to be true to our founders with bricks and mortar projects. In the future we plan to create a process which would allow our organization to begin proactively funding important work in our community. Our board is privileged to make decisions about funding which impacts our area. We are grateful to the Isle and all the patrons who make the casino successful. We are very proud of the work in our community by dedicated and committed employees of the organizations we have funded. The future is bright, and we look forward to continuing our good work. Sincerely, Tim Hurley, President
3 Project Narratives PUBLIC SAFETY Any community s greatest asset is the people who live and work there. Keeping residents safe is a top priority, but having access to life-saving and other protective equipment can be costly. Funding is this category supports public safety entities serving their communities such as Fire, Police, Ambulance, emergency Management and projects which support security infrastructure or improve community safety. Cedar Falls Police Gator Utility Vehicle - $11,604 Cedar Falls Police will purchase and equip a UTV Gator with emergency lighting, radio, & other necessary equipment to help assist with public safety, special events, and other incidents. This gator will allow officers to respond to unusual events with quick, easy access to difficult areas. The entire Cedar Valley will benefit from this safety vehicle. Black Hawk County Emergency Management Agency Emergency Management Vehicle - $19,635 Funding will be used to purchase a service quality vehicle to support 24/7 response and routine travel for Black Hawk County Emergency Management staff and will serve the Cedar Valley for the next 7-10 years. City of Hudson Boiler System for the Fire Department - $3,781 The City of Hudson will receive funding to support the replacement an old boiler system in their Fire Department. The new boiler system will be more energy efficient for the department. City of Cedar Falls University Avenue Landscaping - $450,000 Landscaping and amenities related to the University Avenue Reconstruction Project will be constructed. Landscaping improvements will include sitting benches, bus shelters, connections to sidewalk/trails, bike racks and trees will be included. City of Shell Rock Emergency Services Equipment - $20,550 The City of Shell Rock Emergency Services will use funding to purchase a compressor and self-contained breathing apparatus. This equipment provides emergency personnel the ability to provide top-notch care.
4 Project Narratives American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle - $61,750 A Next Generation Emergency Response Vehicle will be purchased to benefit those effected by an emergency. The vehicle will be used to respond to flood and fire emergencies throughout the Cedar Valley and will make sure we are ready in any case someone may need help. QUOTA International Club of Waterloo Cops n Kids Literacy Program - $5,000 The Quota Club provides books to each student in 8 Waterloo elementary schools. Distributed by Waterloo police officers, the program fosters and encourages a positive relationship between Cops and kids. The program also aims to instill a life-long love of reading in the children and the importance of reading. City of Waterloo Police Department Crime Lab Full Spectrum Imaging System - $30,000 Funding from Black Hawk County Gaming Association will be used to support the purchase of a full spectrum imaging system to improve the efficiency and accuracy in the processing of physical evidence. The equipment will be used to locate and process visible and invisible trace evidence at crime scenes and on recovered evidence. Jesup Ambulance Zoll X-Series Equipment - $10,000 The Jesup Ambulance Service will be able to continue providing top-notch care for patients. The new equipment will be used to send cardio ECG messages to the hospital before the ambulance arrives. The Zoll X-Series will also assist paramedics with better hearing and reading patient s heart beats to assist in CPR. Chickasaw Township Fire Department Ionia New Fire Station and Community Building - $50,000 Chickasaw Township will be building a new fire station. It will include 5 truck bays, a bunker gear room, a training/meeting room and kitchen. This building will allow enough space for all equipment that is currently being kept outside, in a trailer, or on the other side of town to be kept inside. Raymond Fire Rescue Fire Tanker Truck - $100,000 Raymond Fire Rescue will be purchasing a new fire truck apparatus. The need for a new apparatus is due to the growing population of the population they serve. This new pumper will be able to house all the equipment that the fire fighters will need to be prepared for any type of situation. Denver Ambulance Denver Ambulance Services will be buying 2 new cardiac monitors for their ambulances. These monitors will help first responders to monitor the heart rate of all patients in need. Emergencies will now be handled with excellent equipment! City of Janesville Fire Rescue Apparatus Replacement - $20,000 The replacement of an aging truck with a new and updated truck will help the response time for people in the Janesville area. The truck will respond to extrication, vehicle fires, wildland fires, and much more. Reinbeck Fire MSA Thermal Imaging Camera Equipment - $2,500 The MSA Thermal Camera that the Reinbeck Fireman Inc. will be purchasing will be able to see various levels of heat when it is pointed at a situation. This tool will help keep firefighters safe and will avoid sending them into dangerous situations, especially when visibility is low. City of LaPorte City Fire Department Tanker Truck - $115,000 A new tanker truck for the City of LaPorte City will cater to the 115 square miles covered by the Fire Department. The truck will ensure that emergencies in rural areas that do not have access to copious amounts of water, will be handled appropriately. Buchanan County Emergency Project Rising Water - $6,564 Placing 11 Davis Weather instruments and 24 CoCoRaHS units throughout Buchanan County will record precipitation amounts and patterns to predict and provide information when potential flooding occurs. Buchanan County Emergency Management will be able to better protect and predict natural disasters. Independence Fire Department Unmanned Aerial Vehicle - $18,332 An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle that will carry two cameras will help the Independence Fire Department with search & rescue, fires, river rescue, hazmat, high angle, etc. The vehicle can be flown in the rain and snow, so inclement weather will not be a problem when an emergency arises.
5 Project Narratives PARKS/RECREATION/SPORTS Since its inception, Black Hawk County Gaming Association has emphasized investing in quality of life projects that benefit the entire Cedar Valley. Whether it is engaging in physical fitness activities, exploring the natural wonders of the outdoors, purchasing capital equipment, or park and trail improvements, funding in this category has supported and enriched parks, recreation and sports related projects across our service area. Waterloo Leisure Services Cedar River Boat House Enhancements - $500,000 The Waterloo Boat House enhancements include adding landscaping, a new parking lot and other improvements to create a safer, more appealing environment. Improvements will be made to the river access as well.
6 Project Narratives Friends of Fontana Park Winter Wildlife Display Building - $17,770 Fontana Park is the most popular park in Buchanan County. The outdoor animal displays attract visitors from across the Cedar Valley. Funding will be used to support the construction of a new building to house Winter Animal Displays. New Hampton Parks & Rec Municipal Pool Project - $25,000 New Hampton Parks & Rec will be remodeling their already existing municipal pool. They will be adding a drop slide, splash pad, floatables, and more! This project will help bring the community together and offer more options for patrons of all ages! Butler County Conservation Board Rolling Prairie Bike Trail Expansion - $25,000 The Rolling Prairie Trail is expanding a trail that will connect Coulter to Oelwein, encompassing over 80 miles of trail. They will be hard-surfacing the 5.45-mile trail segment from Allison to Bristow. The trail will have a natural canopy created by mature trees to open segments with prairie plants. New Hampton Economic Development TRIBE Trail - $50,000 The TRIBE trail will be connecting two recreation trails and doubling the length of recreational paths. Community members will have the opportunity to lead healthier lifestyles in a safe place that does not interfere with the multiple highways in the area. Winthrop Community & Commercial Club Outdoor Multipurpose Court - $25,000 The Community & Commercial Club will be building a multi-purpose court that will be used to play tennis, pickle ball, and basketball. The court will be surrounded by a fence for safety. This court will promote healthy lifestyle activities for children and adults of all ages. Evansdale Park Board Meyers Lake Angels Park Bridge - $30,000 The Evansdale Park Board will provide permanent, ADA compliant access from Meyers Lake Park and Angels Park. The bridge will create the opportunity for an increase of recreational activities such as fishing at the park. There will also be increased accessibility to the shelter and picnic tables on the island. Waterhawks Ski Club Concession Stand Replacement - $24,000 The Waterhawks Ski Club will be constructing a new concession stand that is out of the flood area. The current facility was not originally built to sell concessions and does not meet the food safety guidelines. The new building will have the sole purpose of selling concessions for patrons watching their ski show.
7 Project Narratives Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens Mowing and Utility Equipment Upgrades - $10,500 A John Deere Z970R Commercial Zero Turn Mower and John Deere Utility Gator will be purchased for the growing Cedar Valley Arboretum. This reliable equipment will reduce yearly repair expenses and improve the work done around the grounds! Waterloo Leisure Services Youth Ball Diamond Improvements - $65,000 Waterloo Youth Diamonds will be getting new improvements! The lighting will be replaced, walking paths will be added, and replace worn bleachers. These improvements will help increase the satisfaction of those who are watching games. Cedar Valley Sportsplex Year 7 of 8 Year Pledge - $1,125,000 The Sportsplex funding commitment is the largest award ever granted by BHGA. The $8 Million was pledged over the past 8 years. The $27 Million facility is performing well with thousands of members utilizing the state of the art facility. City of Allison All Veterans Monument - $30,000 The City of Allison plans to create a year-round visual tribute to recognize the service of veterans. A pentagon-shaped granite tower featuring all branches of the service will also include engraved names of each veteran.
8 Project Narratives HUMAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS & EDUCATION Human Service agencies focus on meeting a variety of human needs and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life to the people they serve. Grants awarded in this focused category help to provide important services to people in the Cedar Valley. This category also includes grants to organizations with a focus on Education. House of Hope Build Hope Facility - $400,000 Funding will be used by the House of Hope to renovate a donated building for homeless women and children. The transitional housing project will create a safer, larger environment for the residents. Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center Refugees Empowerment Access to Community Health (REACH) - $12,000 EMBARC is Iowa s first refugee-led service provider, founded by refugees from Burma. The REACH program is an interpretation/ translation social enterprise and major expansion of the Health Navigator Project. The project trains medical interpreters. Comprehensive Systems Multi Sensory Equipment - $1,997 Comprehensive Systems, Inc. plans to use funds awarded to develop a multi-sensory room with interactive LED bubble lights. The lights will create a stable and therapeutic environment for individuals with special needs. Hawkeye Community College Building Long Term Investment in Families and Education (LIFE) Facility - $1,000,000 The new adult learning center will create education opportunities for adults across the Cedar Valley in a centrally located building located in downtown Waterloo. A hub for educational and assistance services, the center will house nursing and computer numerical machining programs, English language learner and adult basic education programs, a childcare center, a medical clinic, and a thirdfloor adult event center and art gallery.
9 Project Narratives Iowa Jobs for America s Graduates (IJAG) Unlocking Student Potential in Waterloo - $60,000 IJAG - Help high schoolers in the Waterloo area to overcome boundaries that may restrict them from being successful in the future. This opportunity will expand access in the Waterloo School District. Cedar Valley TechWorks Passenger Elevator for Tech I Building - $179,900 Cedar Valley TechWorks will renovate and upgrade one of the two freight elevators in the Tech 1 building to a passenger elevator, while retaining the historic significance. This elevator will maximize use and accessibility for the building and the campus. Sustainable Independence FFA/Ag Greenhouse Solar Array - $3,000 Sustainable Independence will be helping to put a 3kW solar PV array next to the FFA/Ag Greenhouse next to the trail at the Independence Senior/Jr. High school in hopes to provide outdoor education to students and the public. This opportunity will help students learn at an early age about sustainable energy and the importance of it. Habitat for Humanity Grounds Improvements and ReStore Equipment - $5,237 Habitat for Humanity will be resurfacing the construction staging area at their office that is used as an alternative work area. There will also be a scissor lift truck, a large wagon cart with 4-ply pneumatic wheels, and an appliance hand truck to assist with donation pick-ups and work at sites. Gladbrook Reinbeck Daycare Inc. Little Rebels Learning Center and Daycare Expansion Projects - $25,000 Gladbrook-Reinbeck Day Care Inc. will expand its current center to add an additional preschool room for the integration of the Early Childhood Special Education along with two other rooms. Since their numbers have been increasing, they now need to increase their space as well. St. Vincent DePaul New Truck $20,632 A new truck will be purchased by St. Vincent DePaul to replace an aging vehicle. The truck will be used to help distribute clothes, furniture, and household necessities to low income families. The vehicle will also be used to pick up donations made by many generous donors. North Star Community Services Multi-Sensory Environment Project - $7,000 North Star Community Services will be creating a multi-purpose sensory environment for the people they serve. The room will be split in two separate parts to cater to unique needs. There will be a Relax and Recharge side and an Alert and Attend area. Each will have different lighting, furniture, and activities to create welcoming environments. East Buchanan Community School District Greenhouse for Education - $29,915 A polycarbonate greenhouse will be built to help the education of kids in K-12. This greenhouse will be used for science, math, agriculture, foods, leadership, & entrepreneurship. YMCA 100 Ton Chiller Replacement - $60,000 Funding from BHCGA was used to support the purchase of a 100 Ton Replacement Chiller. The new equipment replaced aging equipment that had numerous repairs. The new equipment will provide reliable cooling for the building and energy saving as well. Community Services Building, Inc. Community Building Exterior Tenant Signage - $16,250 A new, vibrant exterior sign will be added to the outside of the Community Services Building. This sign will assist tenant s visibility, so they are not overlooked from the road. The digital message board will help alert people of messages each of the 8 agencies have to share.
10 Project Narratives LIBRARIES, MUSEUMS AND THE ARTS Public library facility improvements and equipment, museum capital projects and exhibits and improvements in arts/ theaters are included in this focused category. Grout Museum Iowans in the Korean War Project - $210,123 The development of a new exhibit with an overview of the Korean War will be added to the Grout Museum and will specifically feature Iowan s participation in the War. The project will also expand the Veterans Oral History Project to include more Korean War veterans from all of Iowa. City of Waterloo Library World s Greatest Spring Break Book Giveaway - $3,500 Working in partnership with the R.J. McElroy Trust and the Waterloo Public Library funding from BHCGA was used to support the purchase of 1,000 high quality brand new books. The project aligns well with the community efforts to improve reading in young children.
11 Legacy Grants Legacy Grant Program The Black Hawk County Gaming Association Legacy Grant Program provides funding for projects over $500,000 for large-scale, signature projects in the Cedar Valley. These projects are all significant investments to enhance the community. From the Sportsplex to the Grout Museum, to the RiverLoop Expo and the Hartman Reserve Interpretive Center, Legacy Grant Funding has played a key role in revitalizing and improving our community. Sportsplex $8 Million RiverLoop Expo $2.5 Million YWCA Building Renovations $1.2 Million Hartman Reserve Interpretive Center $1.2 Million E911 Black Hawk County Radio Project $1 Million Grout Museum Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum $1 Million Northeast Iowa Food Bank $1 Million City of Waterloo Public Works Building $1 Million Hawkeye Community College Adult Education Building $1 Million Operation Threshold New Facility $850,000 Mark s Park and Amphitheater $823,000 Black Hawk Grundy Mental Health Center Facility $750,000 City of Waterloo 4th Street Bridge Restoration $750,000 Byrnes Park Drainage Project $642,000 Young Arena Improvements $600,000 Waterloo Riverfront Stadium Improvements $590,000 Build Our Ballparks $500,000 Waterloo Center for the Arts Youth Pavilion $500,000 UNI Dome New Turf $500,000 UNI Scoreboard $500,000 City of Cedar Falls/UNI/CF Schools Tennis Complex $500,000 City of Waterloo Boat House Enhancements $500,000 $25,905,000 (65% of all funding)
12 Celebrating 10 Years: FY2008 Grants Hudson Fire Rescue - Gator Rescue Equipment...15,466 Dike Library - Furnishings/Equipment...8,500 Cedar Falls Fire Dept - ResQJack...5,000 W loo Comm Playhouse - Software/Internet...18,658 Little Island Childcare - Furnishings/Staff dev....6,000 Boys and Girls Club - Renovation/Equipment...26,700 Winthrop Fire and Rescue - Radio Purchase...4,300 City of Waterloo - Center for Arts Signage...89,583 City of Waterloo - Library Learning Center...51,450 St. Vincent DePaul - Truck purchase...29,500 NE Iowa Food Bank - Truck purchase...64,126 Cedar Valley Soccer - Capital improvements...100,000 City of Waterloo - Emergency Repair Fund...85,000 BH Center for Ind. Living - PASS program...32,997 Dunkerton Child Learn Ctr - Facility project...50,000 Pathway Behavioral Svc - Facility...25,000 BH Cty. Conservation Bd - Gilbertville Depot...47,441 Cedar Falls Park Dept - Gateway Park Lighting...34,000 Grundy Cty Conservation - Dike Campgrounds...33,000 Waterhawks Ski Team - Purchase Boat...43,000 YWCA - Exercise Equipment...11,000 Beaman Library - renovations/furnishings...12,000 City of Allison - Wilder Park Facilities...25,000 Bristow Betterment - Oak Hill Cemetery...8,000 Aplington - Garage Repairs...10,134 Iowa Dental Foundation - MOM Event...25,000 LaPorte City - Sewer Jet Upgrade...46,197 City of Waterloo - Riverfront Stadium*...65,000 Hawkeye Comm College - Health Facility*...50,000 BH County E911 Board - Radio Replacement*...125,000 KBBG - Power to Build Facility Expansion...100,345 From the Heart - Home Enhancement...25,000 BH Conservation & CF - Big Woods Cabins...45,000 Lou Henry Hoover - Sculpture Garden...10,000 Advisory for a Better Future - Bus Shelter...7,000 Cedar Valley Preschool - Playground Improvements...9,500 Waterloo Comm School - Hellman Field...50,000 Cedar Falls Kiwanis - Soccer Field Shelter...2,530 Catholic Charities - Technology Upgrade...7,040 Butler County Fair - Portable coolers...2,000 LaPorte Police Department - Digital Recording System...8,690 Independence High School - Wireless Computer Lab...28,000 City of LaPorte - Library Computer Equipment& Upgrade...15,343 Cedar Falls Library - Portable Training Equipment...30,000 Boys and Girls Club - Game Room Improvements...25,000 Cedar Falls Historical Society - Victorian Home Repairs...10,000 American Red Cross - Office renovations...50,000 E911- (8 QUARTERS) = 1,000,000 Radio Replacement*...125,000 Sunrise Petting Zoo - Landscape Project...6,498 Aplington Recreation Complex - Facility Improvements...15,000 Wellsburg Library - New Facility Waverly Shell Rock Soccer - Soccer Complex Phase ,000 Dunkerton Library - New Facility...50,000 Waterloo-Hoing Rice Complex - Restroom & Upgrade...75,000 Shell Rock Dev Corporation - McCague Park Lighting...10,000 Grundy Center Schools - Stadium Renovation Project...25,000 Black Hawk County Sheriff - Digital Camera Recording Sys....25,000 Dike-New Hartford Jr High - Curriculum Software...15,000 North Tama Booster Club - Youth Activities Complex...30,000 Black Hawk Area Swim Team - Equipment...30,299 Family and Children s Council - Website redevelopment...12,904 LaPorte City FFA - New Storage Bldg...12,910 Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony - Music / Computer Purchase...16,000 UNI - UNItix Ticketing Software...42,000 Cedar Falls Schools - Security Equipment...31,000 Salvation Army - Emergency Generator...75,761 City of Waterloo - Riverfront - Infield Turf project*...60,000 YMCA - New Playground equipment...22,400 Cedar Valley Sports and Enter. - Bid Match Funding...50,000 UNI Child Dev. Center - New Playground Equipment...19,095 Joyful Noise Day Care - Facility Equipment...5,100 Janesville Wildcat Booster Club - Facility Improvements...25,000
13 Celebrating 10 Years: FY2009 Grants Hudson Police Department - Digital Recording Sys.... 4,000 Evansdale Police Department - Digital Recording Sys... 4,000 Raymond Volunteer Fire Dept. - Mini-pumper Rescue Vehicle... 61,000 Cedar Bend Humane Society - Adoption Facility... 50,000 Waterloo Fire Rescue - Fire Rescue Boat... 25,000 E911 of Black Hawk County - Radio Replacement* ,000 City of Alta Vista - Fire Station Construction... 50,000 Waterloo Leisure Services - Riverfront Stadium Renovation* ,000 City of Cedar Falls - N. Cedar Health Water Project... 50,000 Reinbeck Park Board - Elmwood Park Trail... 19,600 Hawkeye Comm College - Education Facility*... 50,000 LaPorte City Community Center - Dishwasher... 4,000 E911 of Black Hawk County - Radio Replacement* ,000 Cedar Valley Preschool - Roof replacement... 17,500 YWCA - Swimming pool repair... 18,578 LaPorte City Recreation Department - Lion s Park... 15,476 University of Northern Iowa - Sturgis Youth Theater... 10,240 Black Hawk County Conservation - Ranger Residence... 31,103 FY2010 Grants Allen Child Protection Center - Equipment... 36,123 City of New Hartford - Ambulance replacement... 13,000 Cedar Falls Historical Society - Ice House Museum... 20,000 Pathways - Fredericksburg Facility... 25,000 City of Waterloo - Cedar River Boat House ,510 Chickasaw Fire District - Mini Pumper Rescue Vehicle... 45,000 United Sport and Athlete - Equipment Upgrade... 40,000 City of Gilbertville - Fire Tanker Replacement... 75,000 City of Reinbeck - Emergency Shelter Generator... 3,021 Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony - Timpani drums... 15,000 Toledo Community Theatre - Theatre Restoration... 25,000 Build Our Ballpark - Dane Field... 50,000 FY2011 Grants Waterloo Development Corporation - Sportsplex... 8,000,000 Grout Museum District - Snowden House Roof... 12,458 University of Northern Iowa - McLeod Center Improve ,000 Main Street Waterloo - Downtown Facelift Phase II ,000 Pathways - Residential Furnishings... 9,519 Red Cross - New Vehicle... 35,900 Lutheran Services in Iowa, Inc. - Car Seats/First Aid Kits... 3,500 Consumer Credit - Financial Literacy Project... 6,000 Waterloo Development Corporation ,097 George Wyth State Park - Utility Vehicle for soft trails... 6,000 Black Hawk Cty Emerg. Mgmt - Outdoor Tornado Siren Radios... 23,224 City of Gilbertville - Memorial Park Improvements... 10,000 City of Sumner - Recycling Center... 35,000 Riverfront Stadium* - Improvements ,000 City of Traer - Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum... 60,000 River Hills School - Playground ,000 Communities in Schools - Data project... 20,000 Winnebago Council - Boy Scouts - Equipment... 20,000 Aurora Comet Center - Exercise Room... 3,000 City of Fredericksburg - Trail ,300 Northstar Community Serv. - Facility Renovations... 7,108 Cedar Falls Police Department - Speed Monitoring equip... 11,974 LaPorte City Fire Dept - Jaws of Life... 10,000 CF Kiwanis for Cedar Valley Soccer - Refuse Building... 7,745 City of Evansdale - Skate Park improvements... 13,000 University of Northern Iowa - UNI Dome* - New Turf ,000 Cedar Valley Arboretum - Garden house... 42,000 City of Hudson - Diesel Pump... 23,078 Build Our Ballpark - Tibbitts Field... 80,000 Butler County Emergency Management - Tornado Sirens... 15,000 Fredericksburg Fire Department - Jaws of Life... 20,000 LaPorte City - City Park Playground Equipment... 51,661 Sunrise Children s Zoo - Capital Improvements... 30,000 Tripoli Police Department - Squad Car Computer... 4,017 LaPorte City Police Department - Breath Alcohol Analyzer... 3,075 Northeast Iowa Food Bank - Facility... 1,000,000 University of Northern Iowa - Gallagher Bluedorn Update ,150 Black Hawk Grundy Mental Health Center - Facility ,000 Boys/Girls Club of Black Hawk County - New Roof ,558 City of Evansdale - Deerwood Park Playground... 34,800 City of Gilbertville - Vacuum excavator... 19,000 Kothe Memorial Library - Parkersburg - Facility Expansion... 25,000 Allen College - Education Facility - Winter Hall ,000 City of Gilbertville - Loader Backhoe Replacement... 27,000 Clarksville Public Library - Expansion Project... 25,000 City of Evansdale - Deerwood Park Phase II... 50,000 Butler County Fair - Handicapped Parking & Building Imp.... 9,800 Boys and Girls Club of BHCounty - Evansdale site equip... 20,000 Hearst Center for the Arts - Digital Security Equipment... 6,639 Dike-New Hartford Community School - Lighting Project... 25,000 Evansdale Public Library - Library Furnishings... 15,000 Waterloo Police Department - Forensic Equip & Polygraph... 30,000 Community Main Street CF - Streetscape project... 22,500 Cedar Falls Schools - Security equipment... 20,900 First Judicial District - Computer Equipment... 2,198 E911 Radio Project* - Radio replacement ,000 Riverfront Stadium* - Improvements ,000 Mark s Park and Amphitheatre* - Riverfront Improvements ,000 Clarksville Fire Department - New fire truck... 50,000 Janesville Fire Rescue - New fire truck... 50,000 Operation Threshold - New facility ,000 East High School - Trojans in Training Facility ,000 Boys and Girls Club - Bathroom renovations... 7,012 Aredale Fire Association - New engine... 8,200 Waterloo Community Main Street - Improvements... 50,000 New Hartford Fire Department - Radios and equipment... 3,400 City of Stout - Park improvements... 10,000 Denver Fire Department - Personnel Protective Equipment... 27,120 Waterloo Police Department - Cops n Kids Program... 10,000 E911 Radio Project* - Radio replacement ,000 City of Cedar Falls - Electrical Upgrades Overman/Tour... 20,000 Waterloo Public Library - Radio ID Project ,000 Dunkerton Parks and Recreation - Picnic Tables/Equip... 5,305 Hudson Fire Rescue - Two 12 Lead EKG Machines... 24,485 Evansdale Fire Department - New Ambulance... 75,000 City of Gilbertville - Police Car Equipment... 10,300 Black Hawk County Conservation - McFarlane Park... 13,669 LaPorte FFA Historical and Ag Museum - Restoration... 15,000 National Cattle Congress - Signage (up to $50,000)... 50,000 Waterloo Fire Rescue - Patient Care Computer Technology... 70,000 Grout Museum - Voice of Iowa Mobile Video Displays... 57,000 KBBB - Security Equipment... 3,489 LaPorte City - New doors at City Hall... 4,125 Habitat for Humanity - Warehouse Improvements... 27,000 City of Gilbertville - Veteran s Memorial Park Phase II... 6,500 City of Waterloo - Byrnes Park Drainage Project ,000 City of Waterloo - Public Works Building Project... 1,000,000 City of Waterloo/Build Our Ballpark - CV Youth Complex ,000 Hawkeye Community College - Hawse Auditorium Project ,000 FY2012 Grants City of Janesville ft. Pedestrian Bridge ,000 Goodwill Industries - Mobile Donation Center... 55,000 Kothe Library - Furnishings... 20,000 Cedar Valley Sports & Entertainment - Bleachers... 64,500 City of Greene - Park Shelter... 20,000 City of Reinbeck - Park Concession Stand and Bathroom... 22,825 Black Hawk Area Swim Team - Equipment... 28,605 Monti Community Center - Equipment... 2,030 River Hills School - Renovation costs ,000 Cedar Valley Arboretum - Visitor Center... 59,000 City of Waterloo - Public Market Start Up Project... 55,000 City of Cedar Falls Police - In-Car Video Equipment... 51,186 Grout Museum - West Side Capital Improvements... 44,312 Boys and Girls Club - Gymnasium Floor Renovation... 31,000 Buchanan County Historical - Wapsipinicon Mill... 20,000 UNI - Wetland Trail Improvements... 65,000 Denver Fire - Slide-in Skid Unit... 10,000 LaPorte City Police Dept - Garage for Squad Cars... 27,746 City of Evansdale Police - Breath Analyzer... 3,100 Tama County Humane Society - dog Runs... 5,300 Dunkerton Parks - Bathroom/Shower... 25,000 City of Waterloo - Sportsplex Marketing... 50,000 Cedar Falls Historical Society - Ice House Museum Restroom... 61,993 Cedar Falls & BH Cty Con. - Big Woods Restroom... 90,400 Black Hawk Cty Conservation - McFarlane Park Well... 55,000 Tama Cty Emerg Mgmt. - Outdoor Weather Sirens... 26,000 Jesup Comm School District - All Weather Track... 50,000 Readlyn Police Department - Narrowband radios... 3,000 Grout Museum - Museum Exhibits... 39,575 Habitat for Humanity - Tools and Trailer... 6,000
14 Celebrating 10 Years: FY2012 Grants, cont. New Hampton Police Department - Digital video cameras... 19,680 LaPorte City - Street Lighting... 55,945 Friends of Chickasaw Conservation... 20,000 Cedar alley Preschool & Childcare - Kitchen Renovation... 15,000 Dike Public Library... 1,000 Buchanan Cty Animal Shelter - Facility... 10,000 FY2013 Grants City of Hudson - Pedestrian Underpass ,000 City of Waterloo - Young Arena Improvements ,000 City of Cedar Falls - Island Park Beach House ,000 Grout Museum - Iraqi-Afghanistan Veteran Project... 63,500 Hawkeye Community College - Playground... 20,233 George Wyth Park - Concession building repairs... 20,000 City of Traer - Aquatic Center... 70,000 Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony - Musical Outreach... 1,443 City of Waverly - Chemical Storage Building... 10,000 YWCA - Building renovation... 1,228,000 FY2014 Grants Black Hawk County Sheriff s Office - Mobile Data Computers... 50,000 Elk Run Heights - Park Project... 10,000 University of Northern Iowa - Dome Scoreboard Project ,000 Benny Gambaiani Public Library - Carpeting... 10,000 City of Hudson - Sergeant Trail Culvert Replacement... 45,500 Retrieving Freedom - New Training Facility for Service Dogs... 35,000 City of Cedar Falls - Hearst Center Kitchen Remodel... 13,025 Buchanan County Emergency Management - Off Road Gator... 6,190 Waterloo Police Department - Cops N Kids Project... 5,000 ASPIRE - Storage Facility... 20,885 City of Independence - Parks Rec Multipurpose Facility... 10,000 Waterloo Fire Rescue - Cardiac Monitor Request ,000 FY2015 Grants Gladbrook Fire and Ambulance - Generator... 15,000 Wellsburg Memorial Building - Renovation... 20,000 Community Services Building - Roof Project... 83,704 Cedar Rock - Boat House Repair... 30,000 Grout Museum - Vietnam Vet Welcome Home Project... 97,500 City of Waterloo Riverfront Sports Park Lights... 90,000 KUNI - Air conditioner replacement... 10,000 Leader in Me - Materials... 55,500 Parkersburg - Diamonds and Fields Project... 35,000 Waterloo Community Playhouse - New Roof... 30,000 Habitat for Humanity - Skid Loader... 15,000 Dan Gable Wrestling Museum - Building Renovation ,196 UNI Gallagher Bluedorn Signage ,000 Gilbertville Police Department - Equipment... 5,067 Traer Theatre - Digital Projection Equipment... 15,000 Traer Historical Museum - Tama Jim Exhibit... 4,000 City of Aplington - Recreation Complex Improvements... 6,000 Winthrop Historical Committee - Window Replacement... 10,000 Evansdale Fire Rescue - Heart Monitors/Defibrillator... 15,000 Waterloo Police Dept. - Speed Trailer and Equipment... 20,000 Main Street Waterloo - Ten Light Poles... 82,250 Denver Police Department - Squad Car laptop equipment... 6,722 Cedar Falls Public Library - Radio Frequency Identification System... 60,000 African American Museum - Outdoor Entertainment Center... 11,000 Toledo Public Library Foundation... 5,000 Grout Museum - Bluedorn Science Imaginarium Roof Replacement... 14,345 LaPorte City - Park Shelter Replacement City Park... 50,000 Oster Regent Theater - Stage and Sound Lighting Project... 47,375 Cedar Bend Humane Society - Pet Adoption Mobile Vehicle... 23,100 First Judicial District - Bullet Proof Vest Protective Equipment... 10,000 City of Raymond - Park Playground Renovation... 50,000 Black Hawk County Conservation - Rescue/Patrol Boat... 16,399 Grout Museum - Heating and Cooling Upgrades... 58,990 Comprehensive Systems - New Hampton Treasure Chest... 12,000 City of Evansdale Police Department - Mobile Computers... 12,575 Success Link - data System Upgrade... 11,183 Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens - Welcome Garden... 20,000 Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony - Donor Management Software... 26,215 City of Parkersburg - Kothe Library Ceiling and Bathroom Upgrades North Butler Community Schools - Sports Complex River Hills Schools - Building Renovation... 70,000 City of Waterloo - Byrnes Park Tennis Headquarters Facility... 90,000 Black Hawk County Conservation - Hartman Reserve... 1,137,207 City of Shell Rock - Emergency Services Building... 25,000 Dike Fields 2 Fields Sports Complex... 20,000 City of Waterloo Police Department - Body Cams... 35,000 City of Clarksville - New Ambulance... 70,000 Waterloo Police Reserve - Radio Equipment... 15,056 City of Bristow - Siren Project... 10,000 Hawkeye Comm College - Child Development Facility ,000 Waterloo Public Library - Maker Space... 15,000 Boys/Girls Club - Space invaders project... 15,000 Chickasaw County SNAP Project... 5,000 Cedar Valley Arboretum - Master Gardeners Orchard... 25,000 Brandon Playground - Park Project... 10,000 New Hampton Police Dept - Body Cameras & Laptop... 3,571 Elk Run Heights - Park Improvements... 20,000 Hawkeye Valley Are Agency on Aging - Food Truck... 25,000 BH County Health Dept - Blue Zone Comm Initiative... 68,000 UNI Athletic Dept. - Point of Sale System UNI Dome/McLeod ,000 City of Waterloo - Build Our Ballpark... 72,000 Iowa DNR - Union Grove Cabin Project... 15,000 Black Hawk Cty Conservation - Gilbertville Depot... 15,500 Cedar Valley Sports and Entertainment - Wrestling Mats... 66,800 Dunkerton Fire Rescue - Equipment... 24,000 New Hampton Police - Vehicle Protection Cages... 2,462 Cedar Falls Main Street - Movie Equipment... 10,332 Buchanan County Historical - Wapsi Mill Phase III... 20,000 Habitat for Humanity - Hauling and Dump Trailer... 6,760 City of Gilbertville - Public Works Building... 85,000 Northeast Iowa Food Bank - Perishable Food Truck... 32,500 City of Dysart - Community Build and Park Renovations... 25,000 Iowa Mission of Mercy - Waterloo Dental Clinic... 25,000 Grundy Center Ambulance - Cardiac Monitors... 15,000 City of New Hampton - Carnegie Cultural Center Restoration... 21,250 City of Dunkerton - Park Improvements... 6,500 LaPorte City Police Department - Mobile Computers... 11,377 Buchanan County Animal Shelter - Facility Construction... 42,000 City of Gilbertville - Fire Rescue Truck... 80,000 City of Evansdale - Meyers Lake Water Filtration Project... 17,500 City of Hudson - Utility Mapping Equipment... 6,500 Waterloo Center for the Arts - Playscape Phelps Pavilion... 48,000 Hudson Fire Department - Tanker Truck ,000 LaPorte City Fire and Rescue - Defibrillators... 28,700 Elk Run Heights - Mayors Park Tennis Court Improvements... 12,000 Cedar Falls Historical Society - Carriage House Renovations... 13,435 Waterloo Community Main Street - Event Fencing-Project Withdrawn... 35,000 Children s Autism Project - CAP Center... 25,000 Cedar Bend Humane Society - Outreach Facility Volunteers... 10,000 Toledo Public Library - Technology Upgrades... 2,500 Readlyn EMS - radios and pager equipment... 2,781 Dunkerton Street Department - Street Sweeper Equipment... 15,000 National Cattle Congress - Estel Hall Improvements... 18,920 Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa - Program materials... 10,001 Family and Children s Council - Emrg Request... 17,000
15 Celebrating 10 Years: FY2016 City of Waterloo - Riverfront Baseball Stadium Scoreboard ,000 Sumner Emergency Svcs - New Emergency Services Facility... 50,000 Parkersburg Fire Department - Fire Engine Equipment... 20,000 City of Cedar Falls Hearst Center - Classroom Renovation... 25,000 Waterloo - Cedar Falls Symphony - Harpsichord... 5,850 Big Brothers-Big Sisters - Read to Succeed... 15,000 Dunkerton Police Department - Squad Car... 20,000 Grout Museum - Spring and Summer Marketing... 20,000 City of Elk Run Heights - Pick-Up Truck... 12,500 Goodwill Industries - HVAC... 87,350 American Red Cross - Blood Services Vehicle... 20,000 Hudson Athletic Booster Club - Weight Room Equipment... 35,000 Buchanan County Animal Shelter - HVAC... 25,000 FY2017 City of Hudson - Boiler System for Fire Department... 3,781 Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy - REACH Project... 12,000 Friends of Fontana Park - Winter Bird Wildlife Display Building...17,669 Grout Museum - Iowans in the Korean War Project ,123 City of Cedar Falls - University Avenue Reconstruction - Landscaping ,000 Hawkeye Community College - Building LIFE... 1,000,000 House of Hope - Build Hope Project ,000 City of Waterloo - Boat House Enhancements ,000 American Red Cross - Emergency Response Vehicle... 61,750 Comprehensive Systems, Inc - Multi Sensory Project... 1,997 City of Shell Rock - Emergency Equipment SCBA... 20,550 Quota Club - Cops and Kids Literacy Project... 5,000 Waterloo Police - Full Secetrum Imaging System... 30,000 Iowa Jobs for America s Graduates - Unlocking Student Potential... 60,000 Comprehensive Systems - Treasure Chest Signage... 1,788 City of Waterloo - 4th Street Bridge Canopy Walkway ,000 City of Waterloo - Animal Control Service Vehicle... 25,000 Waterloo Exchange Club - Trike Trail... 15,000 Northeast Iowa Foodbank - 24 Foot Refrigerated Truck... 60,000 Krueger-Hemmen Sports Complex - Phase II... 25,000 North Tama Community School - Dennis Field Renovation... 50,000 City of Clarksville - Baseball Field Light Project... 30,000 LaPorte City - Public Works Building ,000 Habitat for Humanity - Office Renovations... 75,000 Independence Parks and Recreation - Aquatic Center Water Walk... 50,000 Cedar Valley Makers - Classroom and Digital Manufacturing Equipment... 50,000 Jesse Cosby Center - Building renovations and vehicle... 41,800 Waterloo Leisure Services - Youth Diamond Improvements... 65,000 Cedar Valley Techworks - Passenger Elevator ,900 New Hampton Parks and Rec - Pool Project... 25,000 Butler County Conservation Board - Rolling Prairie Trail... 25,000 GR Daycare Inc - Little Rebels Learning Center Expansion... 25,000 Independence Fire Department - Drone... 18,322 New Hampton - Tribe Trail... 50,000 Chickasaw Township Fire District - New Fire Station... 50,000 Community and Commercial Club - Multipurpose Court... 25,000 Denver Ambulance Service - Cardiac monitors... 20,000 City of Janesville - Fire Rescue Equipment... 20,000 Buchanan Cty. Emerg Mgmt - Rising Water Project... 6,564 East Buchanan Community Schools - Greenhouse... 29,815 Raymond Fire Rescue - Fire Truck ,000 Waterloo Housing Trust - Match... 10,000 Northeast Iowa Weavers Guild - School Partnership Project... 2,400 City of Evansdale - Safety Equipment... 20,000 City of Dunkerton - Develop our Diamonds... 50,000 City of Waterloo Police - Hostage Rescue Phone... 14,250 City of Aplington - Fire Personal Protective Equipment... 15,000 City of Hudson - Police Squad Car... 18,217 City of Grundy Center Fire Department - JAWS Equipment... 18,000 Plum Creek Art Center - Facility Addition... 30,000 City of Gilbertville - New Police Vehicle... 11,875 City of Lawler - Highland Park Project... 20,000 The Nature Conservatory - Black Hawk Cty Watershed Project... 14,000 City of Cedar Falls - Tennis Complex ,000 Cedar Falls Police - Gator UTV... 11,604 City of LaPorte City - Fire Tanker Truck ,000 Evansdale Park Board - Meyer s Lake/Angels Park Bridge... 30,000 Habitat for Humanity - Grounds Improvement & Equip... 5,237 Reinbeck Fire - MSA Thermal Imager Camera... 2,500 Waterhawks Ski Club - Concession Stand... 24,000 Black Hawk County Emerg Mgmt - Vehicle... 19,635 City of Allison - All Veterans Monument... 30,000 Community Services Bldg.- Exterior Signage... 16,250 St. Vincent DePaul - Truck... 20,633 North Star Community Services - Multi Sensory Equip... 7,000 Cedar Valley Arboretum - Mowing Equipment... 10,500 Jesup Ambulance - Zoll X-Series Equipment... 10,000 Sustainable Independence - FFA/AG Solar Array Equip... 3, Grants $ 39.3 Million in Funding
16 About Us Black Hawk County Gaming Association is the corporation that holds and maintains a license to conduct gambling games in accordance with the Iowa Excursion Boat Gambling Act. The Association was founded in May of 2003 by Bob Fulton, Jim Lind and Don Hoth to be the non-profit license holder of a gambling license. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission awarded a gaming license to BHCGA in May of The Isle Casino and Hotel at Waterloo opened on June 30, In August 2007, the BHCGA opened an office in Waterloo and began accepting grant applications for funding. In accordance with Iowa law and its operating agreement with the City of Waterloo, the Association receives 5.75% of the Isle s adjusted gross receipts from gaming and distributes the funds each quarter in a competitive grant process. Since its inception, Black Hawk County Gaming Association has received and reviewed hundreds of grants. To date, 444 grants have been approved which total $39.3 million in funding. FUNDING GUIDELINES WHAT WE ARE Black Hawk County Gaming Association is a corporation that holds and maintains a license to conduct gambling games in accordance with the Iowa Excursion Boat Gambling Act. Black Hawk County Gaming Association benefits the Cedar Valley by: Providing property tax relief to cities and counties Funding capital improvement Making charitable contributions to qualified 501c3 organizations via the grant program WHO WE ARE Board of Directors of the Black Hawk County Gaming Association includes sixteen residents of Black Hawk County who represent the broad interests of the Cedar Valley. Board members volunter their time to select funding for worthy projects. WHAT WE DO Black Hawk County Gaming Association accepts, reviews and acts on requests to fund projects, activities and programs that benefit the Cedar Valley. WHERE WE DO IT Black Hawk County Gaming Association funds projects, activities and programs for organizations and communities in seven Iowa counties. Our primary focus is Black Hawk County. We also serve Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Grundy and Tama counties. Projects located in counties other than Black Hawk must first apply to their local county foundation for funding. LETTER OF INTENT - APPLY ONLINE! The initial requirement of any organization seeking a grant from Black Hawk County Gaming Association is a Letter of Intent. The Letter of Intent and application process is online. Please call Beth Knipp, Executive Director at prior to submitting a Letter of Intent. Please visit for Letter of Intent and application deadlines. The letter should describe the organization, the project for which funding is requested, the total budget with timelines and projections for project completion, the portion of the budget for which Black Hawk County Gaming Association funds are being requested, and other funding sources requested and / or committed to the project. WHEN WE DO IT Black Hawk County Gaming Association funds projects four times per year. Counties other than Black Hawk are eligible for funding twice each fiscal year.
17 About Us REQUESTS WE WILL CONSIDER The Board of Directors of the Black Hawk County Gaming Association is interested in awarding grants that will make the Cedar Valley a stronger, better place to live. It places particular emphasis on proposals that enhance public facilities; create, replace or upgrade substantial capital items or create new opportunities where none now exist. Projects should demonstrate the ability to leverage funding and support from additional sources. Special preference is given to applications that maximize community resources through cooperation and collaboration with other organizations in the community and the elimination of redundant services, programs or projects. Applications should demonstrate the sustainability of the proposed project without additional long-term financial commitments from Black Hawk County Gaming Association. Capital improvements Challenge grants Charitable programs Projects that provide tax relief for cities and counties Public works projects Transformational projects that are major new initiatives in the Cedar Valley Visit our website to view the most recent news releases, grant awards and funded project information. The website also contains information about how to apply for grant funding, guidelines and eligibility requirements. The application process is now online. Visit for more information. FY17 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Tim Hurley President Noreen Hermansen Vice President Mark Thome Secretary Richard McAlister Treasurer Barbara Brown DJ Corson Sarah Craft Bill Dotzler Geof Grimes Sharon Juon Kent McCausland Keyaira Phillips Betsy Ratchford Jim Schaefer Joe Vich Kate Wyatt