BOARD ACTION: Nearly $680,000 in CAT Grants Awarded to Projects in Corydon, Dunlap and Des Moines
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Jessica O'Riley, Enhance Iowa, Iowa Economic Development Authority
Nearly $680,000 in CAT Grants Awarded to Projects in Corydon, Dunlap and Des Moines
November 14, 2018 (Des Moines) – The Enhance Iowa Board awarded $679,032 in Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grants to to a museum expansion in Corydon, a clubhouse in Dunlap and park improvements in Des Moines at today’s meeting in Urbandale.
The following projects were approved for grants awarded from the Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) Fund:
Project Name: Prairie Trails Museum Entrance Addition, Corydon
Total Project Cost: $395,018
Amount Requested: $79,047
Amount Awarded: $79,047
Project Description: The new entrance design will resemble the entrance to the Museum’s Heritage Barn. Other additions include a welcome center with gift shop; community meeting room with kitchenette and Smart Board; ADA-compliant restrooms; and a new office. The genealogy room will be expanded, an artifact preparation area with storage created, plus new sidewalks, resurfaced parking lot and a new display for the bell collection.
Project Name: Dunlap Golf Course Building Project, Dunlap
Total Project Cost: $517,485
Amount Requested: $99,985
Amount Awarded: $99,985
Project Description: The new building will be single story with a full basement for cart storage, general storage and a mechanical room. The main floor will include seating for 132, handicap accessible bathrooms, a large covered deck and a small gaming area for the youth.
Project Name: Des Moines Water Works Park – Phase I, Des Moines
Total Project Cost: $6,709,750
Amount Requested: $913,796
Amount Awarded: $500,000 contingent on completed fundraising within 90 days
Project Description: Phase I elements include improvements to trails, signage, lighting, restrooms, parking and security. At the east end of the park, a community gathering space and amphitheater will be added, as well as additional trails and gardens. Seating, facilities for food vendors, outdoor classrooms, natural play areas, restrooms and parking are also included.
The Enhance Iowa Program provides financial incentives to communities for the construction of recreational, cultural, educational or entertainment facilities that enhance the quality of life in Iowa. To date, 41 CAT awards have been granted by the board, totaling $13,413,226. The next Enhance Iowa Board meeting is scheduled for December 12, 2018, in Urbandale.