Catholic organizations receive MRHD grants

Missouri River Historical Development, Inc. (MRHD) awarded grants totaling $400,407 to 37 non-profit organizations and governmental entities May 16 at its Spring 2018 Grants Ceremony at the Betty Strong Encounter Center, Sioux City.


Mary Fischer of Mater Dei School accepts MRHD grant.

Among diocesan entities honored were:

  • Mater Dei Parish, Sioux City, was awarded $10,000 for its recently-established Personal Items Pantry.
  • The Catholic Globe was awarded $10,000 to digitize newspaper and develop a website for individuals to find archived material.
  • Mater Dei School was awarded $15,000 for tech upgrades for 10 classrooms.

The distributions bring MRHD’s total contribution to Woodbury County non-profit organizations and governmental entities to more than $32 million since 1994. Additionally, MRHD has pledged $2.25 million to Woodbury County recreational, cultural and arts projects.


Bev Wharton, co-chair of the Personal Products Pantry at Mater Dei Parish, accepts the grant.

The committee reviewed dozens of grant applications before recommending funding for this year’s 37 recipient organizations. The committee’s recommendations received approval of MRHD’s full Board of Directors.

Spring Grants were awarded in five categories: Economic Development, Community Improvement and Tourism; Human Services and Health Services; Civic, Public, Patriotic, Charitable & Religious (Mater Dei Parish grant); Leisure, Cultural and Historical (The Catholic Globe grant) and Education (Mater Dei School grant).

A non-profit organization, MRHD has the license to conduct gaming in Woodbury County. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City has the license to operate gaming in Woodbury County. MRHD was formed in 1989 when Woodbury County voters approved a referendum that sanctioned riverboat gaming. A second referendum passed by 75 percent in 2002. A third passed by more than 75 percent in 2010.

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