By Anne Marie Amacher
The Riverboat Development Authority recently distributed more than $1.1 million in grants to various Quad-City organizations, including Thomas Merton House and St. Ambrose University in Davenport.
• A $14,000 grant to Thomas Merton House will be used for funding at Café on Vine. Sister Bea Snyder, CHM, coordinator at Café on Vine, said the money will be used to purchase a new commercial-size refrigerator and a residential-size freezer. She hopes the current units continue to work until the new ones arrive. Additional money will be used for needed repairs at the café.
Sr. Snyder said the number of patrons from January to April 2009 has been significantly higher than for the same time last year. As the school year approaches an end, she anticipates numbers will go up as families bring their children for a meal at Café on Vine.
• A grant for $25,000 to St. Ambrose University will be used for a strategic planning center for non-profits. The center will help not-for-profit organizations in their planning needs with the assistance of university staff.
St. Ambrose will be able to offer a series of workshops for not-for-profit community organizations with topics revolving around strategic planning, such as vision and mission statements. The funds also will allow for matching grants to help not-for-profit organizations pay for consultants who would work one-on-one with them.