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Local Impact Grants to Benefit Numerous Anne Arundel County Based Organizations

Sep 08, 2016 04:09PM ● By Cate Reynolds

Molly Knipe, CEO of YWCA (third from left). Joe Weinberg, Managing Partner of The Cordish Companies (far left); Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh (far right); and Claire Louder, Chair of the LDC, (2nd from left) officially presented the grants.

HANOVER, Md., Aug. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cordish Companies' Maryland Live! Casino and Anne Arundel County today awarded more than $18.6 million in local impact grants for fiscal year 2017 to various grant recipients as recommended by the Local Development Council (LDC), which helps to manage the allocation of county gaming tax revenue to local organizations.

Joe Weinberg, Managing Partner of The Cordish Companies, Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh, and Claire Louder, LDC Chairman, officially presented the record breaking millions to various recipients during a ceremony at Maryland Live! Casino.

The Local Impact Grant Recipients for Fiscal Year 2017 include:

Anne Arundel County Fire Department

Anne Arundel County Police Department

Severn Community Health Center (include $1.7M from FY14)

Anne Arundel Community College

Anne Arundel County Office of Public Works / Department of Planning & Zoning

Anne Arundel County Recreation & Parks

Meade High School Boosters Club

Severn Library

BWI Partnership

Community Grants (Includes reserves)

Anne Arundel Workforce Development


Severn Community Health Center was awarded an additional $1.7 million from fiscal year 2014, which was previously allocated to the now defunct People's Community Health Center project.

Recipients of the community support grants include the following:

ARC of the Chesapeake
$40,000 for new building construction to support individuals with disabilities

Meade High Music Program
$40,000 for new marching band uniforms and instruments

Villages of Dorchester
$39,995 to replace missing, dead and dying trees

I5 Church
$39,942 for a mobile services trailer to service low income/homeless with food, shower and clothes

Boys and Girls Club
$39,628 for after school programs for Meade Village students aged 6-18

Jessup Improvement Association
$38,500 to replace aging floor in Jessup Community Hall

Van Bokkelen PTA
$34,428 for improved parent/community communications through upgraded marquee

Provinces Civic Association
$33,679 for landscaping and sign installation

Hands of Hope
$29,946 for parenting skills, artwork, drug and alcohol abuse education

Food Bank
$22,310 to support 5,000 families within 3-mile radius with food pantry

Assistance League
$16,000 to provide uniforms and books in Title 1 schools, guest readers, and tutors

Partners in Care
$10,000 to provide transportation services for senior citizens within the 3-mile radius

Hebron Harmon PTA
$4,700 for artist in residence and engineering of a puppet show

Local officials in attendance that took part in the grant presentations, as well as accepted grants on behalf of their various organizations, included Anne Arundel County Fire Chief Allan Graves; Anne Arundel County Deputy Police Chief Jerard Flemings; Kevin Rutledge, Athletic Director, Meade High School; Faye Royale, Executive Director, Severn Community Health Center; Mike Gavin, Interim VP of Anne Arundel Community College; and representatives from many of the organizations that received community support grants.

"The Cordish Companies are fully committed to the growth and expansion of Anne Arundel County and our role as a leading business and community partner," said Joe Weinberg, Managing Partner, The Cordish Companies. "Our ability to generate and contribute record breaking funds from Maryland Live! Casino to such important and impactful projects and organizations makes us extremely proud."

"The local impact grants we awarded today are helping fuel job growth and development across our county," said Steven Schuh, Anne Arundel County Executive. "Every day, Maryland Live! is helping ensure a better quality of life for our citizens by generating much needed funding for critical projects and services."

"Maryland Live! Casino has been a tremendous community partner in so many ways since their opening in 2012," said Claire Louder, LDC Chairman. "The ability to support so many county agencies and non-profits who are impacted by the growth in the area surrounding the casino is just a bonus to western Anne Arundel County."

LDC impact
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.

Since its formation in 2012, the LDC has awarded more than $85 million in grants towards county operational and capital programs, and community 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

Full press release here