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The Placer County Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee (LCBC) has received an allocation of approximately $291,000 from the State Controller to distribute in the form of grants for programs and activities designed to mitigate the impacts of gaming upon the community.

As required by state law, the committee was formed in 2005 to award grant funds to local government agencies from the Indian Gaming Distribution Fund (SDF) to help offset impacts associated with Indian gaming.

Members of the committee include Placer County Supervisors Robert Weygandt and Jim Holmes, Lincoln Mayor Spencer Short, Rocklin Council Member Brett Storey, Roseville Mayor Gina Garbolino, and United Auburn Indian Community representatives Jessica Tavares, John Suehead and Howard Dickstein.

The first meeting of the committee will be held on March 23, 2009, in the Placer County Community Development Resource Center building, Cypress Conference Room, 3091 County Center Dr., in Auburn, beginning at 2 p.m.  The meeting is open to the public.

The Committee will consider authorizing staff to announce the availability of grant funding opportunities in 2009, and release grant application forms, instructions and guidelines. Should the Committee agree to those actions, the grant application could open on March 25, 2009. The proposed grant period would then be open until 5 p.m. on April 22, 2009. The Committee will meet again in late May to recommend which grants will be funded and then notify the State Controller of the recommended and approved grants.

The Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund Grant Program was created for local government agencies affected by tribal gaming. Only those applications that clearly identify and describe the effects from tribal gaming upon those agencies and propose projects designed to mitigate these impacts will be considered for funding by the LCBC.  For additional information, please contact the Placer County Executive Office, 530-889-4030. 

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