November 09, 2017

The Cordish Companies, Live! Casino & Hotel and The Anne Arundel County Local Development Council Award $19.6 Million in Local Impact and Community Grants for FY2018

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The Cordish Companies' Live! Casino & Hotel And The Anne Arundel County Local Development Council Award $19.6 Million In Local Impact And Community Grants For FY2018

Total Funds Disseminated by the LDC in Five Years Surpasses $100 Million in Support of Anne Arundel County Operational and Capital Programs, Non-Profit Organizations and Community Associations

HANOVER, MD (Nov. 9, 2017) - The Cordish Companies' Live! Casino & Hotel and the Anne Arundel County Local Development Council (LDC) today awarded $19.6 million in local impact and community grants to organizations in Anne Arundel County for Fiscal Year 2018.

The grants mark the largest amount ever awarded by the LDC since Live! Casino opened in June 2012, and brings the total funds in support of Anne Arundel County organizations to more than $100 million.

Joe Weinberg, Managing Partner of The Cordish Companies, joined Anne Arundel County Executive Steven Schuh, State Senator James "Ed" DeGrange, Delegate Pam Beidle, and members of the Local Development Council (LDC) in presenting the grants to recipients ranging across county operational and capital programs, education, health and human services and community associations. The allocations were recommended by the LDC, which helps to manage the distribution of the county's gaming tax revenue to local organizations.

"Live! Casino & Hotel continues to give significant, record breaking funds to county organizations for effective community improvement across diverse sectors," said Weinberg. "We are invested in helping the community grow and strengthen its public service, education, housing, health and overall standard of living."

"Live! Casino & Hotel continues to serve as the financial backbone our community needs to prosper in development across important services, such as the fire and police departments," said Schuh. "We are grateful that we have a business partner we can always count on to give back to the community in which it thrives."

The Local Impact Grant Recipients for Fiscal Year 2018 include:

Anne Arundel County Fire Department: $6,398,000

Anne Arundel County Police Department: $3,682,000

Anne Arundel County Office of Public Works / Department of Planning & Zoning: $2,500,000

Anne Arundel County Recreation & Parks: $2,300,000

Anne Arundel Community College: $1,700,000

Anne Arundel County Library System: $1,250,000

Fort Meade Alliance Foundation: $500,000

BWI Partnership: $450,000

Community Grants: $367,000

ARC of the Chesapeake: $340,000

Meade High School – Instrumental Music Association: $80,000

Partners In Care Maryland: $10,000

FY 2018 Grand Total: $19,577,000

Recipients of the FY18 Community Support Grants include the following:

The Council of Unit Owners of Spring Meadows Condominiums
$35,310 for a new fence for the community pool

Ridge Forest Glen Homeowners Association
$25,000 to build a common playground and relaxation area

Jessup Improvement Association
$33,893 to replace the HVAC system

Asbury Woods Condominium Association
$20,000 to Add/Upgrade street lights, entrance sign

Anne Arundel Medical Center
$5,000 for additional equipment for Adventure Therapy program

Restoration Community Development Corp.
$15,000 for education and mentoring programs for middle school students

Associated Catholic Charities (Sarah's House)
$20,000 for additional teaching staff

National Electronics Museum
$25,000 for field trips for local elementary schools

Meade SH School PTS Association Capital Music Lab
$40,000 to replace and update piano and guitar labs

Junior Achievement of Central Maryland
$10,000 to bring Junior Achievement programs to eight new schools

Hebron Harman Elementary School PTA
$13,297 to purchase Chromebooks for students

Assistance League of the Chesapeake
$17,000 for Operation School Bell

West Arundel Creative Arts
$10,000 for renovation and flooring

Kingdom Kare
$12,500 for after-school mentoring program for homeless youth

Hands of Hope
$20,000 in funding to expand the Strengthening Families Program

Donations from the Heart
$15,000 for Rent, emergency assistance, food pantry

Boys and Girls Clubs of Annapolis & AACo.
$40,000 for After/Out of school programs

Villages of Dorchester Homeowners Association
$10,000 to replace over 100 trees

LDC impact
The Local Development Council was established in Anne Arundel County after the opening of Live! Casino & Hotel 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 Live! Casino & Hotel through local impact grants.

Since its formation in 2012, the LDC has awarded more than $100 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 Live! Casino & Hotel are eligible to apply for a local impact grant.

"Live! Casino & Hotel continues to be a key partner in support of county funding and development," said Karen McJunkin, LDC Chairperson. "We hope to continue this supportive partnership that allows room for impactful growth for our county's organizations. This is alongside the increased visitation Live! Casino & Hotel brings to the region as Maryland's prime tourist destination."

For more information and to apply for a grant, visit


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