Gaming office taking requests

March 28, 2003|by TARA REILLY

The Washington County Gaming Office will have about $1.3 million to $1.4 million to distribute to area nonprofit groups in fiscal year 2004, which begins July 1, Gaming Director Daniel F. DiVito said this week.

Any organization interested in applying for a share of that money may pick up applications beginning April 1. All applications must be returned to the Gaming Office by 4:30 p.m. on May 15.

Monetary awards will be announced and distributed in August.

Gaming revenue is generated by tip jar profits.

Total gaming funds for the next fiscal year will be about $2.8 million, with 50 percent of that mandated by state law to go to the Washington County Fire and Rescue Association.

That will leave about $1.3 million or $1.4 million in gaming money to distribute to nonprofit groups, DiVito said.

The seven-member Gaming Commission will consider all applications during workshop meetings in May, June and July. Nonprofit and charitable groups will be allowed to make five-minute presentations to explain their requests.


DiVito asked that anyone wishing to appear before the commission contact the Gaming Office at 240-313-2041 after May 15 to schedule a date and time.

The office will help groups fill out their applications, he said.

DiVito also asked that those wishing to apply for gaming funds pick up an applications at the Gaming Office at 33 W. Washington St., Room 200.

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