County awards casino slots grants for 2016
— County Executive Tari Moore announced the 37 recipients of this year’s Video Lottery Terminal grants, which are funded from a portion of the revenues from Hollywood Casino Perryville, on Thursday.
The recipients represent a cross section of the county, including youth organizations, church-affiliated groups, fire companies, veterans organizations, nonprofits, police departments and the town of Port Deposit.
The Cecil County VLT Grant Review Committee received 60 applications this year, with requests totaling $899,000, but the county only had $250,000 in VLT grant funding available to award.
“It’s a difficult process because of the many projects in our county that deserve serious consideration,” Moore said.
“Because the number of applicants continues to grow each year and the funds requested far exceed the available dollars, the review committee has become more stringent in the review process, applying a consistent process when evaluating applications,” said David Trolio, director of the Cecil County Department of Community Services.
Trolio said his department will conduct a training workshop next spring before the deadline for grant applications to help applicants navigate that review.
“It will be designed to help local groups submit successful proposals by offering tips to to improve grant writing skills. It’s our hope this workshop will strengthen agencies’ grant applications for all potential recipients,” he said.
The purpose of the VLT grant program is to provide local nonprofit and not-for-profit organizations and state, county and town governments with funds to address public safety,
Port Deposit received the largest VLT grant in this year’s cycle to support its work in turning the former Tome Gas House into a visitor center and educational facility for the northern map turtle.
public service, economic, infrastructure, prevention, education and training programs or projects.
The town of Port Deposit received the largest grant this year in the amount of $25,000, which is what it requested.
“The application said they need the money to purchase an interactive, touch-screen kiosk with a web camera for the new visitor center in town,” Community Partnerships Chief Barbara Smith said.
Only seven of the 37 recipients got full funding of their request this year. The remaining 30 recipients received partial funding with the majority of them getting approximately half of their request funded.
Other grants will fund after-school programs, scholarships for campers and help pay for a sound system at Milburn Stone Theatre.
“It’s a highly competitive process,” Smith said. The list of recipients are: • Boys and Girls Clubs of
Cecil County: $8,000 • Boy Scouts of America
Troop 131: $3,350 • Cecil College Founda
tion: $10,000 • Cecil County 4-H Camp:
$3,000 • Cecil County
Council: $7,000 • Cecil County Holly Tree
Corporation: $4,000 Arts
• Cecil County Neighborhood Youth Panel: $8,000 • Cecil County Public Li
brary: $7,500 • Chesapeake City Ecumenical Association: $10,000 • Christmas in April Cecil
County Inc.: $6,000 • Community Coalition for Affordable Housing: $2,000 • Community Fire Company of Perryville: $8,600 • Community Mediation Upper Shore Inc.: $5,000 • Community Services Foundation of Cecil County: $14,000 • Deep Roots
$10,000 • Fair Hill Environmental
Foundation: $3,500 • Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Program: $5,000 • Good Shepherd Conference St. Vincent DePaul Society: $5,000 • Human Services Devel
opment Corp.: $5,000 • Immaculate Conception/St. Jude Parish Outreach: $5,000 • Maryland State Police North East Barrack: $2,685 • North East Fire Co.:
$15,000 • NorthBay: $5,500 • PAWS for People:
$2,000 Inc.: • Ray of Hope Mission:
$7,000 • Susquehanna Work
force Network: $3,000 • The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region: $3,000 • Town of Port Deposit:
$25,000 • Union Hospital Founda
tion: $6,000 • U.S. Naval Training Center Bainbridge Museum: $3,365 • UMD Extension 4-H Youth scholarships: $1,000 • Upper Bay Counseling:
$5,000 • V.F.W.
$10,000 • Voices of Hope for Cecil
County: $7,500 • Water Witch Fire Co.:
$14,000 • Youth Empowerment
Source: $9,000 Post 8185,:
Christmas In April Cecil County was among the nonprofits to receive funding for its work during this year’s VLT grant cycle.