The Regional Development Authority strategically funds initiatives to create a vibrant, inclusive, and growing community.

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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.

Regional Development Authority Grant Opportunities - Announcement 8-17-2020

The Regional Development Authority is pleased to announce a normal granting cycle for the Fall of 2020! A normal cycle involves an online application open to qualified entities for a broad range of community funding requests, a Board applications scoring process, and a publicly-held Board meeting to approve grant recommendations. The RDA grant online application will open on August 24, 2020. The due date for the Fall 2020 applications is 11:59pm – September 30, 2020. Application questions have been refined to include consideration of specific pandemic challenges, current economic conditions, and addressing racial inequities. The three guideline documents posted on this page have been updated to reflect changes in the application.

The date of the RDA Board meeting to approve Fall 2020 grants will be announced on this website. Because of health and safety concerns, this Fall 2020 Board meeting will not be held in person. Instead, the Board will meet through a ZOOM video conference and a pubic “call in option” will be announced prior to the meeting. The tradition of sharing community updates will be delayed until we meet in person again. Thank you for the work you do to make our community a great place!

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