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Welcome to the Regional Development Authority!

Who we are: In compliance with the Iowa Excursion Boat Gambling Act, the Regional Development Authority (RDA) is the non-profit license holder and Qualified Sponsoring Organization (QSO) for the Rhythm City Casino Resort in Davenport, IA. RDA receives funds from Rhythm City Casino’s gaming operation to use in making community grants. Eligible grant recipients include qualified nonprofits, as well as qualified educational and governmental entities. The RDA Board accepts grant applications in the spring and in the fall of each year. Instructions and due dates are found in the Granting Opportunities page.

Special Notice - Spring Grants Cycle

The Regional Development Authority (RDA) is working on a plan to support nonprofits during this pandemic. For that reason, we have decided to cancel our current Spring Grants cycle. The Spring Cycle would normally deliver grant checks in late May. Instead, we are developing a process to get some dollars out more quickly in order to support the work to “flatten the contagion curve” and to support nonprofits that serve vulnerable populations.

Additionally, RDA made a $100,000 grant to the QC Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund, so that organizations have another opportunity to seek funding related to their pandemic needs.

We sincerely apologize for the hardships that this may bring. We look forward to a hopefully more normal fall 202 Grants cycle.


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