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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.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to understand the due dates and application requirements of the Tribes, and to apply directly to the Tribes once authorization is received from the Town.

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.

Request for Support from the Town

Your request for support to apply to a tribal nation 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.

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. 

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

Melanie Dykstra 
AZ Relay 711

The Town of Gilbert does not discriminate against any individual or program applicant on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, handicap, familial status or national origin. 

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