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State law requires that large tribal gaming operations set aside portions of their income from gaming to assist surrounding communities. Mendocino County is pleased to announce that it has been awarded approximately $140,000 from the Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund, which was funded by contributions made by the Hopland Band of Pomo Indians. Local government agencies (county, cities, and special districts) impacted by tribal casinos may apply, with tribal sponsorship from the Hopland Band of Pomo Indians, to the Mendocino County Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee (CBC) for grant funding. Funding priorities include: law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, environmental impacts, water supplies, waste disposal, behavioral health, planning and adjacent land uses, public health, roads, recreation/youth programs, and child care programs. Completed applications are to be submitted to the Mendocino County Executive Office no later than April 11, 2014, to be eligible to be considered for grant funding. The CBC will be meeting on May 13, 2014, to review applications and assess the eligibility of each jurisdiction applying for grant funds. A list of projects approved for funding will be forwarded to the State Controller’s Office who will disburse funds directly to the local government jurisdiction for which the CBC has approved a grant. Grants awarded last year totaled $137,956.88 from the Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund. A portion of the funding was used to finance assistance for Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Services, Health and Human Services Agency Summer Youth Program, and Hopland Public Utility District Water Delivery Project. Grant application forms and procedures are available at: Mendocino County Executive Office, 501 Low Gap Road, Room 1010, Ukiah, CA, or online at: Questions may be directed to Jason Claunch, Administrative Analyst, (707) 463-4441.

Released By: Carmel J. Angelo, Chief Executive Officer

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