Deadline Coming Up For $560,000 in 2021 Grand Victoria Riverboat Fund Grants!

Deadline Coming Up For $560,000 in 2021 Grand Victoria Riverboat Fund Grants!

A deadline is fast approaching for nonprofit organizations and units of local government to apply for 2021 Grand Victoria Riverboat funding grants available through the Kane County Office of Community Reinvestment.

The Kane County Board has budgeted $560,958 for the initiative, which supports projects that help strengthen Kane County communities and improve the quality of life for area residents.

Fox Valley Food For Health received more than $32,000 in funding for a project in 2018. (Photo courtesy of the Kane County Office of Community Reinvestment.)

Applications must be prepared and submitted using the county’s web-based application portal, hosted by ZoomGrants. The submission deadline is midnight Monday, March 1.

Every year, the Grand Victoria Riverboat Fund provides gap funding for activities that address local needs in the areas of education, the environment and economic development.

Projects will be evaluated for their effectiveness at meeting the needs of area residents, leveraging other funding, readiness to proceed, and overall community impact and urgency.

The staff of the Kane County Office of Community Reinvestment is available to answer questions regarding application procedures, project eligibility requirements, and the Grand Victoria Riverboat Fund in general.

Since its inception in 1997, Kane County has received a total of $152,963,735 from the Grand Victoria Casino. At its height in 2002, the county’s annual share was more than $12 million. This year, the county projects its share will be $4,207,222.

The County Board has a long history of distributing a portion of its annual share of revenue from the Grand Victoria Casino to local non-profits and units of local government. Last year, the board selected a total of 27 “external” projects and awarded those projects a combined $774,210.

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County received about $81,000 in Grand Victoria Riverboat funding in 2017 for the removal of a footbridge at Fabyan Forest Preserve. (Photo courtesy of the Kane County Office of Community Reinvestment.)

SOURCE: Kane County Office of Community Reinvestment news release