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Posted on: July 24, 2018

[ARCHIVED] County Local Development Council Awards $337,000 In Impact Grants

Funding to non-profit organizations serving impact area increased 50% over previous year

Upper Marlboro, MD – The Office of County Executive and the Prince George’s County Local Development Council (PGCLDC) will host its 2nd Annual Local Impact Grants Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at 7:00 pm, at the Southern Regional Technology and Recreational Complex, 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington, MD. This event celebrates the 11 non-profit organizations that were awarded funding to serve the people and communities in the impact area around MGM National Harbor. 

The Local Development Council, an advisory group mandated by State Law, exists in jurisdictions where there is a gaming facility. The Local Development Council was established in Prince George’s County as a result of the opening of the MGM National Harbor Casino on December 8, 2016. The Prince George’s Local Development Council consists of 15 members appointed by the County Executive. Since its formation in 2015, the LDC has awarded more than $562,000 in community grants ($225,000 in 2017 and $337,000 in 2018).


“I want to thank the PGCLDC for their leadership and stewardship and congratulate the 2018 recipients of the Prince George’s County Local Development Council grants,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “These grants are designed to assist people and communities in the vicinity of MGM National Harbor. The PGCLDC did a great job of selecting a diverse group of organizations that address a variety of challenges which range from mentoring and education of youth to organizations that provide resources with our senior community and those with disabilities. When we supported bringing the world class MGM National Harbor resort to Prince George’s County, we created an innovative and robust Community Benefits Agreement with MGM. In this agreement, we laid out clear goals and expectations for MGM to hire Prince Georgians residents and provide resources to our County, and, specifically, the communities that surround the National Harbor facility. I am appreciative that MGM National Harbor has continued to honor the commitments they made to the residents of Prince George’s County.”

The $337,000 in funding that was granted to these organizations ranged from $20,000 to $35,000. PGCLDC is responsible for awarding impact grants to organizations to serve communities in close proximity to the MGM National Harbor facility. 

“We are pleased to make these awards to organizations with programs and services that positively impact the lives of people who live within our impact area,” said PGCLDC Chairman, Rev. Jeffrey Chandler. 

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List of 2018 Prince George’s County Local Development Council Grant Recipients


Alice Ferguson Foundation, Inc.

To support life-changing outdoor, experiential education programs for Prince George’s County students in the impact area.


Alliance for Innovation in Education

To help improve the academic performance and educational opportunities for students attending 6 high schools in impact area and vicinity.


Coalition for Public Safety Training In Schools, Inc.

To support youth education and advocacy program, designed to prepare at risk youth in TNI communities with career awareness and development opportunities in the public safety sector.


Community Ministry of Prince George’s County

To support violence prevention workshops and activities for youth in Oxon Hill community and surrounding area.


Community Outreach and Development, CDC

To support the “Labor of Love Human Services Center” in providing one-stop-shop social and community services for households within the impact areas that need emergency assistance.


Housing Options and Planning Enterprises, Inc. (HOPE)

To assist Birchwood/Clearview Community Association in addressing conditions of distress in their community relative to housing deterioration.


Junior Achievement (JA) of Greater Washington

To continue support for curriculum and programs of the JA Finance Park@Prince George’s to 3 schools –John Hanson Montessori, Oxon Hill Middle & High Schools.


L.E.E.P to College Foundation.

To expand and support programs for students in Oxon Hill and TNI community with achieving positive educational outcomes and opportunities.


New Horizons Supported Services, Inc.

To provide Personal Support services, such as transportation, healthcare, workforce development and life skills training to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities within impact area. 


Pickett Fences Senior Services, Inc.

To help improve the quality of life of seniors by supporting the Dementia-Friendly America South County partnership project. 


The Ivy Community Charities of Prince George’s County, Inc.

To support the tutoring and academic enrichment efforts, targeting 4th and 5th grade students, at Forest Heights Elementary School.


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