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.

Resolutions of Support

Your request for a resolution of support must be made in letter format on agency letterhead and must include the following information:

  1. The name of the program/project your agency/department will fund with the grant
  2. The amount of funding requested from the tribal nation
  3. A short description of the program/project for which you are requesting funding
  4. A brief paragraph describing how this program/project will impact the Gilbert community and the projected number or percentage of Gilbert residents to be served.
  5. Your complete contact information including phone, email and mailing address with a designated point of contact.

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. 

Agencies interested in applying for a grant must contact the Tohono O'odham at 520-321-111 to request placement on the grant notification list.   

General timeline for future applications requesting Town of Gilbert resolutions for support.
  • April 29, 2019—Deadline for Resolution of Support Requests to Community Resources Supervisor Melanie Dykstra at 
  • May 16, 2019—Resolutions of support on Town Council Agenda
  • May 21,  2019—Copies of Executed Town Council Resolutions emailed to Agencies
  • First of June 2019—Applications due to Tohono O’odham Nation
  • Agencies selected for award must be included in an executed IGA (Intergovernmental Agreement) between the Town of Gilbert and the Tohono O’odham Nation.
  • Awarded agencies must contact the Community Resources Supervisor immediately upon notice of award to ensure timely processing of IGA materials.