Maryland Live! Casino and Anne Arundel County awarded $16 million in local impact grants for fiscal year 2016 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 $16 million in local impact grants to various recipients during a ceremony at Maryland Live! Casino. 

The $16 Million in Local Impact Grant Recipients for Fiscal Year 2016 include:

Anne Arundel County Fire Department $6,898,000

Anne Arundel County Police Department $3,222,000

Anne Arundel Community College $1,700,000

Anne Arundel County Office of Public Works /

Department of Planning & Zoning $1,500,000

Anne Arundel County Recreation & Parks $800,000

Meade High School Boosters Club $720,000

Anne Arundel County Public Library $500,000

Community Grants (outlined below) $250,000

Beautification/Trash Removal $200,000

BWI Partnership $150,000

Reserves $60,000
Recipients of the $250,000 in community support grants include the following:

Assistance League
of Chesapeake $16,000 for uniforms/books for Title I students

Baltimore Area
Boy Scouts $5,000 for a free District Pinewood Derby & Lunch at Arundel Mills

Chesapeake Arts
Center $10,000 for free art classes and bus transportation for local students

Program $24,000 towards fresh food for food pantry clients

Hands of Hope $14,314 towards strengthening at-risk families/substance abuse prevention

Meade High School
PTSA $39,996 for Collaborative Learning Center technology

Museum $25,000 towards field trips for 334 4th graders

Quail Run South
III Condo Assoc. $40,000 for fence replacement

Severn Crest
Assoc. $35,690 towards park benches, trash receptacles, trees/landscaping

Villages of
Homeowners $40,000 for tree replacement
Local officials in attendance to take part in the grant presentations, as well as accept grants on behalf of their various organizations included Senator James "Ed" DeGrange, Sr.; Anne Arundel County Police Chief Tim Altomare; John Yore, Principal, Meade High School; Dr. Dawn Lindsay, President of Anne Arundel Community College; Anne Arundel County Fire Chief Allan Graves; and representatives from many of the organizations that received community support grants.

"Our commitment to supporting the growth of Anne Arundel County is unwavering," said Joe Weinberg, Managing Partner, The Cordish Companies. "We are so proud to see funds generated from Maryland Live! Casino going to support and enhance worthwhile projects and communities in our area."

"I'm thrilled to see organizations in our area getting the financial support they need," said Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh. "Maryland Live! and The Cordish Companies are fantastic partners in making Anne Arundel County the best place to live, work, and start a business in Maryland."

"The LDC members are very excited about several of the projects to be funded this year, including new vehicles for the Arundel Mills-based police force that allow them to better see across lanes in the parking lots, as well as new technology investments, such as license plate readers and communication boards, to assist in the prevention of crime," said Claire Louder, LDC Chairman. "In addition, we have the opportunity to improve the athletic fields at Meade High School, adding restrooms adjacent to the field in place of the current porta-potties and lighting for the walkway from the field to the parking lot."

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 over $67 million in grants towards county operational and capital programs, including over a million dollars in 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.