MRHD Grant Program


Missouri River Historical Development, Inc. (MRHD) awarded more than $300,000 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.

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 non-profits , including churches, athletic programs, human service agencies and governmental bodies located in Woodbury County and adjacent counties in Iowa.

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.


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Interested in applying for one of our grants?

How to apply:

  1. Email proof of non-profit status to (Governmental entities require letter from CEO)

  2. When proof is received you will receive a password

  3. Return to this website and click on the button "Applicant Login" in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage

  4. Complete the form and submit it

  5. Email attachments to

  6. Wait to be notified of the status of your application

Open February 2019


The Small Grants program usually starts in February and grants are awarded in May.  Historically the grants have been $15,000 or less. Watch the media and this website for announcements.  Applications can only be requested during the open application timeline.

Open July 2019


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.


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. For inquiries, please contact your Woodbury County high school counselor or college finance department. 


Holiday Gifts program has traditionally come from within the MRHD Board.  A committee of Board members polls the Board and reviews programs that have needs. There is no formal application for this grant. The theme for the last grants dealt with the homeless.

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