Maryland Live! Casino awards $20 million in community grants

HANOVER, Md. - Maryland Live! Casino and Anne Arundel County Wednesday awarded $20 million in local impact grants for fiscal year 2014 to various grant recipients, including local fire departments, schools and colleges.

The grants were recommended by the Local Development Council (LDC), which helps to manage the allocation of county gaming tax revenue to local organizations.

Those receiving the grants included:

  • Anne Arundel County Fire Department  ($7 million)
  • Anne Arundel Community College ($3.7 million)
  • Meade High School ($3 million)
  • Anne Arundel County Police Department ($2.7 million)
  • People's Community Health Centers ($1.9 million) - (Combined FY 2013 grant of $1.4 million; FY 2014 of $500,000)
  • Transportation/Public Safety Funds to be Allocated  ($1.5 million)
  • Jessup Elementary School  ($600,000)
  • Anne Arundel County Public Library – Provinces Branch ($500,000)
  • Community Support Grants ($250,000) - (Deadline for FY 2014 grant applications is Oct. 31)
  • BWI Partnership ($150,000)
  • Anne Arundel Workforce Development ($100,000)

"Nothing makes us prouder than to see these funds supporting and enhancing communities in our area," said Joe Weinberg, Managing Partner, The Cordish Companies in a statement. "In addition to employing thousands of people at Maryland Live! Casino, we have the opportunity to make a tremendous impact on the lives of tens of thousands of people in our community for many years to come with the distribution of these grants.

The Local Development Council was established in Anne Arundel County after the opening of Maryland Live! Casino on June 6, 2012. Appointed by the county executive, the Local Development Council consists of 15 members to serve and advise the County on recommendations for the distribution and expenditure of revenues raised at Maryland Live! Casino through local impact grants.

Community based organizations and nonprofit groups located generally within a three mile radius of Maryland Live! Casino are eligible to apply for a local impact grant. For more information and to apply for a grant, visit http://www.aacounty.org/LDC/index.cfm .

"I applaud Maryland Live! for its commitment to Anne Arundel County," said County Executive Laura Neuman. "Maryland Live is a good corporate citizen, and our residents and local organizations are benefitting enormously from their presence in our county."

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