On August 19, County Executive Tari Moore announced the recipients of the competitive fiscal year 2016 Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) Local Community grants.
The purpose of the VLT Local Community Grant is to provide funds to mitigate the impact of Hollywood Casino, Perryville gaming facility on local resources and communities.
The VLT Grant Committee reviewed 46 grant applications. They recommended the award of 39 grants that will provide a total of $250,000 to local community projects or programs. The maximum grant award was $16,000.
VLT grant funds will be provided to local nonprofit and not-for-profit organizations and state, county, and municipal government agencies to address the needs of the community and/or population for public safety initiatives, economic, community development, infrastructure, and service projects or programs, and prevention, education and training projects or programs.
Coordination of the VLT grant has moved from the Office of the County Executive to the Department of Community Services as part of the restructuring plan.
"Awarding the VLT grants is always a difficult process because of the many projects in our community that deserve serious consideration," said Moore. "I thank the VLT Grant Committee for their fair and equitable grant award recommendations, and look forward to hearing the positive things that will come from the community as a result of these grants."
American Legion Post 135 in Perryville received $12,000 for replacement of air conditioning units.
Bainbridge Naval Training Center received $3,000 for records preservation.
Bayside Community Network received $13,245 for three mobile floor lifts and two ceiling lift systems.
Boys and Girls Club of Cecil County received $8,000 for the implementation of the Smart Moves program.
Boy Scout Troop 131 received $4,275 to purchase a larger equipment trailer.
Cecil County 4-H Camp received $3,000 for education programs and materials.
Cecil County Commission of Aging Foundation received $13,550 for transportation services.
Cecil County Holly Tree Corporation received $4,000 for teen service learning programs.
Cecil County Men's Shelter received $5,000 for help men at risk.
Cecil County Pregnancy Center received $3,000 for education, training, and support programs.
Cecil County Public Library received $7,500 to expand the SPARK program.
Chesapeake City Ecumenical Association received $11,000 for Generation Station.
Chesapeake Feline Association received $5,000 for efforts to reduce the cat population.
Community Coalition for Affordable Housing received $1,338 toward funds for a case manager.
Community Fire Company of Perryville received $8,535 to purchase life saving equipment.
Deep Roots, Inc. received $5,000 towards hiring a case manager.
Fair Hill Environmental Foundation, Inc. received $3,700 towards a Pre-K program.
Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Program received $5,756 to serve at-risk students.
Good Shepherd of the St. Vincent DePaul Society received $4,050 for a program which assists those facing electric service termination.
Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna received $8,000 funding for home building and repair.
Harford Family House received $15,000 to provide housing, resources, and services to two homeless families in Cecil.
Haven House, Inc, received $3,200 for education programs for teens.
Historical Society of Cecil County received $1,700 for the preservation of one of a kind county records.
Meeting Ground received $5,000 to assist those at risk and experiencing homelessness.
Neighborhood Youth Panel received $7,696 for a program targeting first time juvenile offenders.
Nicanor, Inc. received $5,000 for the Agape children's feeding program.
North East Fire Company, Inc. received $6,700 to purchase a thermal imaging camera.
Paws for People, Inc. received $1,500 to expand a pet therapy team program.
Ray of Hope Mission Center, Inc. received $5,000 for food pantry.
STEPS Recovery Resources, Inc. received $5,700 to provide the public information regarding addiction.
Susquehanna Workforce Network, Inc. received $3,000 for funds for youth programs.
Town of North East received $10,000 to help fund a two-day public festival.
Town of Port Deposit received $16,000 towards the wastewater facility for the comfort station and the Tome Gas House.
Town of Port Deposit also received $5,175 for fire and security systems, and surveillance cameras.
Union Hospital Foundation received $6,000 for a school bereavement program.
University of Maryland Extension 4-H Development received $1,000 for kindergarten classrooms.
Upper Bay Counseling and Support Services, Inc. received $7,880 for Mental Health First Aid for the community.
Water Witch Fire Company, Inc. received $7,000 towards the replacement of two thermal imaging cameras.
Youth Empowerment Source received $8,500 to serve children impacted by Cecil's drug epidemic.