DENVER — Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that $4.5 million in Local Government Limited Gaming Impact Funds was awarded to 39 projects in nine Colorado counties.
“This program allows gaming grant funding to help the communities impacted by gaming activities,” Hickenlooper said. “These funds will bolster local governments’ ability to provide community services such as public safety, law enforcement and victim advocacy.”
The program is administered by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). DOLA Executive Director Reeves Brown said, “The Colorado Department of Local Affairs is committed to assisting local communities that have seen dramatic impacts caused by gaming. Although the gaming industry provides an economic benefit to these communities, the related adverse impacts of gaming on local law enforcement, healthcare systems and social services are very real. It is great to have the ability to partner with local governments to address these negative impacts.”
The Local Government Limited Gaming Impact Program was created in statute in 1997 to provide financial assistance to the counties, municipalities (with the exception of the three gaming cities: Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek) and special districts that provide emergency services within the counties of Gilpin and Teller, those eight counties contiguous to these two and to the counties that contain tribal lands where limited stakes gaming occurs.
This most recent award cycle provides funding for these projects for 2013 in Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Gilpin, Jefferson, La Plata, Montezuma, Park and Teller counties.
Grant funds are provided to eligible local governments through a competitive application process to finance planning, construction and maintenance of public facilities and the provision of public services related to documented gaming impacts. Grant applications are reviewed by the Local Government Limited Gaming Impact Advisory Committee, which then submits recommendations to DOLA's Executive Director for final decision.
A list of the grants can be found here.