The Otoe County Board of Commissioners approved a policy for disbursing keno funds as well as applications nonprofit groups can use to request funds from the county.
During its April 9 meeting in Syracuse, the board  approved applications for Economic Growth Grants and Social Investment Grants.
Economic Growth Grants will be available in amounts up to $30,000.
Monies can be used for building, improving or maintaining parks or recreational facilities, according to the application form.
Economic Growth Grants can also be used for initiating, performing or fostering worthly public works or enabling or furthering the erection or maintenance of public structures, such as contributing to a county, city, or village building fund or donations to fund parks or recreation areas.
Economic Growth Grants require a match by the organization requesting the grant.
Social Investment Grants will be available in amounts up to $10,000, according to the grant application.
These grants, which do not require matching funds, can be used to assist individuals in establishing themselves as worthy and useful citizens by providing educational or business opportunities.
Social Investment Grants can also be used for the betterment of the community, such as initiating cleanup or beautification projects.
Finally, Social Investment Grants may be used to sponsor civic events to make individuals more aware of U.S. or Nebraska history or other civic institutions or principles.
The keno fund policy requires that the board maintain a minimum balance of $50,000.
Board members will review account balances and fund commitments every two years, said Deputy Otoe County Attorney John Palmtag, who worked on the policy and the applications with Commissioners Jerad Sornson and Jim Thurman.
Palmtag added that a grant applicant must appear in person at a board meeting to discuss his or her planned use for the grant funds with the commissioners.
The next regular Otoe County Board of Commissioners meeting is set for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, at the Otoe County Courthouse in Nebraska City.