Gaming - Prop 202 Funding

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Proposition 202 stipulates that municipalities may apply directly to the tribal communities for gaming grant funds and a local non-profit organization may submit applications to tribal communities if said application is “sponsored” by a municipality.  Sponsorship requires approval by the municipality’s governing body in the manner required by the tribal community.  By sponsoring an organization’s application, the municipality agrees to act as a pass through for the gaming grant funds.

In cases where the Town of Gilbert agrees to act as a pass-through, the municipality receives the grant funds from the tribal community and in turn issues a check to the non-profit agency. The Gilbert Town Council executes a Grants Pass-Through resolution prior to the distribution of the grant funds.

Program Eligibility

Town of Gilbert programs:

  • Gilbert is eligible to apply directly to tribes for gaming grant funds by using the tribe’s application.  Grant applications must align with the Town's strategic priorities.

Non-profit organizations:

  • Legally recognized by the I.R.S. as a 501 (c) 3 organization;
  • In good standing in the Town (e.g. current business license, etc. as applicable);
  • Physical location within the Town of Gilbert or services directly benefit the Gilbert community
  • Grant application is not in competition with an application submitted by the Town to the same tribal community during the same funding cycle

All applications must meet the “public benefits” funding priorities of the tribes outlined as public safety, mitigation of impacts of gaming, and promotion of commerce and economic development.  Examples include:

  1. Public Safety
  2. Transportation
  3. Health Care Services
  4. Economic and/or community development
  5. Education
  6. Environment


Grant requests are coordinated by the Community Resources Supervisor.   Council approval is required to apply and accept grant awards.

For more information on submission procedures, payment and use of funds contact Melanie Dykstra at  

Letters of invitation to a non-profit organization  

If a tribe notifies the Town of Gilbert of a non-profit organization(s) that the tribe would like the Town to act as a pass through for funds, the Town will not review or recommend the grant application but complete the necessary paperwork on behalf of the non-profit organization.

Non-profit organizations must comply with all the due dates and timelines prescribed by the Town for successful completion of the grant process. 

  • Gila River Indian Community 2019 Grant Cycle documents are posted on the Gila River Indian Community website at Click on “Departments” (bottom of page), click “Executive” (right side of page) and then click “Office of Special Funding” (left side of page).
  • All applicants must use the Gila River Indian Community application, easily identified by the heading “Grant Cycle 2019.”
  • Resolutions will be required only for those proposals identified to receive awards and will be required at the end of the process.
  • However, a municipality representative must sign the application cover sheet to acknowledge your application in order for it to be accepted by the Gila River Indian Community.
  • For this purpose, the Community Resources Supervisor, Melanie Dykstra, will serve as the Town of Gilbert Representative. 

The 2019 grant award cycle is: Open

  • Timeline:
    • January 2, 2019 - Grant Cycle opens
    • February 4, 2019 6:00p- Requests to apply and cover sheets due to Melanie Dykstra at
    • March 7, 2019: —Request to Gilbert council for authorization to apply/accept awards
    • March 29, 2019—Complete Grant applications due to the Gila River Indian Community Office of Special Funding at
    • July 31, 2019—Applicant Notification of Award phase
    • August 2, 2019 -Deadline for Resolution Materials to Town of Gilbert
    • September 5, 2019—Funding Award Resolution on Town Council Agenda
    • September 10, 2019—Executed resolutions sent to Gila River Indian Community with cc's to award phase applications upon approval and execution.
    • October 2019—Grant awards announced