County awards casino slots grants for 2016

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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,

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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,:

PHOT COUR­TESY OF SARAH BERTH

Christ­mas In April Ce­cil County was among the non­prof­its to re­ceive fund­ing for its work dur­ing this year’s VLT grant cy­cle.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

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