FY2018 VIDEO LOTTERY TERMINAL LOCAL COMMUNITY GRANT PROGRAM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2017
Elkton, MD – On July 7, 2017, Cecil County Executive Dr. Alan McCarthy announced the recipients of the competitive FY2018 Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) Local Community grants. The purpose of the VLT Local Community Grant Program is to provide local nonprofit and state, county, and municipal government agencies funding to address the needs of the community and/or population for: public safety initiatives; public service projects or programs related to economic development, community development, infrastructure and sanitation; and prevention, intervention and education projects or programs.
The VLT Grant Review Committee reviewed 52 grant applications, with requested funds totaling more than $733,000. Thirty-nine awards were approved that will provide a total of $250,000 to local community projects or programs.
“Awarding the VLT grants is always a difficult process because of the many projects in our community that deserve serious consideration,” stated County Executive McCarthy. “I thank the VLT Grant Review Committee for the fair and equitable grant award recommendations. I look forward to hearing about and observing the many positive outcomes supported by these grants.”
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. In an effort to assist local organizations to submit successful proposals, the Department of Community Services (DCS) hosted an informational meeting in April 2017 for applicants interested in learning more about the VLT grant process. DCS Director David Trolio stated, “Each year the selection process becomes increasingly more difficult due to both the number of applicants and the quality of proposals submitted. This year’s process proved especially challenging and I wish to commend both the applicants for their inventive and inspired proposals as well as the review team for their dedicated and unbiased commitment to the evaluation process”.
Grant Recipients for FY18 are listed below:
-American Legion, Susquehanna Post 135
-The ARC, Northern Chesapeake Region
-Bayside Community Network, Inc.
-Cecil County 4-H Camp
-Cecil County Arts Council
-Cecil College Foundation
-Cecil County Farm Museum
-Cecil County Holly Tree Corporation
-Cecil County Neighborhood Youth Panel
-Cecil County Public Library
-Chesapeake City Ecumenical Association
-Chesapeake Feline Association
-Christmas in April Cecil County
-Community Mediation Upper Shore
-Community Services Foundation of Cecil County
-Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Cecil County
-Deep Roots, Inc.
-Fair Hill Environmental Foundation, Inc.
-Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Program
-Good Shepherd Conference of the St. Vincent DePaul Society
-Healthy Harford/Healthy Cecil
-Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna, Inc.
-Human Services Developmental Corporation, Inc.
-North East Elementary School
-North East Fire Company, Inc.
-Open Door, Inc.
-PAWS for People
-Ray of Hope Mission Center, Inc.
-S.T.E.P.S. Recovery Resources, Inc.
-Town of Chesapeake City
-Union Hospital Foundation
-University of Maryland Extension
-United States Naval Training Center Bainbridge Museum
-United Way of Cecil County
-VFW Post 6027
-VFW Post 8185
-Water Witch Fire Company
-Youth Empowerment Source
Media Contact:Barbara Smith
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