From a Colts press release:

The Colts Drum and Bugle Corps is pleased to announce they are the recipients of two local grants.

The Dubuque City Council on Monday, May 15 voted to accept the recommendations from the appointed Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission, which awarded a total of $200,000 to local arts and culture organizations for general operating support. The Colts was among the recipients with an award of $18,497.

This is the second year the Dubuque City Council has funded this program to provide direct operating support to nonprofit arts and culture groups in the community.

The Dubuque Racing Association announced on May 17 the distribution of $2.07 million to charities in the Dubuque area. 51 percent of the funds were awarded to Dubuque organizations and a total of 317 organizations received funding of 468 that applied. The average gift was approximately $6,500.

This grant will be used toward building improvement and maintenance projects such as new insulation and external safety lighting.

"This local support we have received is both helpful and motivating. The fact that these two governmental bodies perceive what we are doing with our programs as being important and worthwhile for community support is an important statement," said Greg Orwoll, Colts executive director. "Our thanks go out to both groups and the volunteers who worked in the granting programs and voted to include the Colts."

Since 1985, the Dubuque Racing Association has distributed more than $20 million to local and area charities, and the Colts have received funding in 20 of the past 21 one granting cycles. Overall the Colts organization is fourth in total grants awarded since 1985.

Grants have been used for vehicles, instruments, uniforms and infrastructure. No amount of the DRA grant can be used for operating expenses, personnel or ongoing programming.