Our Annual Grants

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MRHD President Mark Monson with an Anthon group that was awarded a MRHD grant for a community sign.


In January 2016 MRHD updated the following Resolution Article. Click the link below to view.

 MRHD January 2016 Resolution

MRHD distributes more than $200,000 in grants for economic development, quality of life, scholarships


   SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Missouri River Historical Development, Inc. (MRHD) awarded more than $200,000 in grants to non-profits and government entities today at the Betty Strong Encounter Center. The grants support economic development, quality- of-life enhancement and college scholarships in Woodbury County.

MRHD is the licensed, non-profit organization that jointly holds the state gaming license for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City.

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Since 1994, the Missouri River Historical Development group has been giving grants to Woodbury County organizations big and small.

Our grant program is open to all Woodbury County non-profits, including churches, athletic programs, human service agencies, governmental bodies and more.

MRHD announces the opening of grant programs in all County media and on this website.  The grant program must be open to request an application which is announced in a press release in the media and on this website.


:  MRHD provides scholarship funds to the four institutions in Woodbury County to include Briar Cliff University, Western Iowa Tech, Morningside College and St. Luke’s Nursing College.  Each school administers these scholarships.  Woodbury County graduates should ask when going through admissions at one of these schools if they qualify.

SMALL GRANTS:  The Small Grants program usually starts in February and grants are awarded in May.  Historically the grants have been $10,000 or less.  This grant program is opened in mid February.  Watch the media and this website for announcements.  Applications can only be requested during the open application timeline.

SPECIAL GRANTS:  Special Grants program usually starts in mid July and grants are awarded in October.  Historically the grants have been $25,000 to $250,000 with a match required of 25%.  Watch the media and this website for announcements.

HOLIDAY GIFTS:  Holiday Gifts program has traditionally come from within the MRHD Board.  A committee of Board members polls the Board and reviews programs within the County that have needs.  The theme for the last grants dealt with the homeless.

THE CENTER:  The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and Betty Strong Encounter Center was built and is funded annually by MRHD to provide a free experience for all in Siouxland.  The Lewis & Clark expedition was one of the greatest events to occur in this area over all of its history.  All residents of this area need to know this important encounter and all the encounters that have happened since relating to the incredible event.

From time to time MRHD, at their discretion, will present additional funding grants as announced.