On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, Dauphin County Commissioners awarded over $11 million in Gaming Grants to municipalities and organizations in the County that had applied and interviewed for the funds.

As guided by the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act signed into law in 2004, each year Dauphin County is tasked with the responsibility diceof distributing millions of dollars in shared revenue from Hollywood Casino in Grantville–2% of the casino’s gross revenue goes to Dauphin County and another 2% goes to municipalities within the County based on a process of application and criteria. As outlined in the Act, gaming grants are intended to fund human services; infrastructure & facilities improvement; transportation; emergency services, health, & public safety; and public interest initiatives.

Local governments as well as non-profit organizations are invited to apply.

In accordance with the process of distributing these restricted Local Share Gaming Funds, in 2008 the Commissioners established the Gaming Advisory Committee. It is the Gaming Advisory Committee that collects, reviews, and publicly interviews gaming grant applications in order to develop a list of recommendations. This list is of municipalities and organizations is presented to the Dauphin County Commissioners for consideration and vote.

This is the sixth year the County has awarded gaming grants for municipal projects.

The list of 2013-14 awards:

Host & Contiguous Municipalities: 

1. West Hanover Township (fire station debt reduction- $130,000 and heavy rescue vehicle – $340,000) – $470,000

2. Middle Paxton Township (debt service for shared municipal services building – $125,000 and reduction of debt for fire apparatus – $26,518) – $151,518

 3. Rush & Jefferson Townships (guiderails for Carsonville Road – $103,100 and Zoning Project – $15,100) – $123,100 (plus $4,900 reallocated from prior grant)

4. Derry Township (fire apparatus debt reduction – $155,716, People Movers van – $32,000 and Hershey/Derry Historical Society improvements – $25,000) – $212,716

5. East Hanover Township (Public Works building and Reduction of firehouse debt) – $1,550,000 (plus $606,208 reallocated from prior projects completed under budget)

6. South Hanover Township (Municipal complex & Emergency Services Center construction) – $100,000

Other Awards: 

1. City of Harrisburg (new tower engine and police records management) – $545,841

2. Susquehanna Township (Public safety building expansion) – $250,000

3. Swatara Township (Bridge replacement and fire apparatus debt reduction) – $182,479

4. Middletown Borough (Streetscape and improvement project) – $250,000

5. Hummelstown Borough (new municipal complex) – $270,000

6. Steelton Borough (Adams Street storm water improvements) – $100,000

7. Highspire Borough (Road improvements) – $156,138

8. West Hanover Township (new facility for MDJ Witmer) – $200,000

9. Londonderry Township (new pumper engine) – $250,000

10. Lykens Borough (fire apparatus refurbishment) – $100,000

11. Wiconisco Township (municipal/fire complex design and temporary structure) – $74,210 (plus $11,789 reallocation of prior grant)

12. Lower Swatara Township (new fire boat, trailer and truck) – $126,329 (plus $14,471 reallocation)

13. Halifax Borough (mobile generator and trailer unit) – $40,000

14. Berrysburg Borough (sewer system improvements) – $100,000

15. Elizabethville Borough (sewer system improvements) – $70,000

16. Pillow Borough (water system improvements) – $80,000

17. Williamstown Borough (water system improvements) – $125,000

18. Susquehanna Township EMS (2 new ambulances) – $112,512

19. Pinnacle Health System (new ambulance) – $89,000

20. Dauphin County EMS Council (technology improvements) – $124,620

21. Greenbelt/Dauphin County Parks & Recreation (Wildwood to Fort Hunter Extension) – $250,000

22. Lower Paxton Township (HVAC replacements for Friendship Center) – $161,444 (plus $138,556 reallocation from prior grant)

23. Conewago Township (Conewago Park improvements) – $66,770

24. Gratz Borough (Gratz Area Park improvements) – $100,000

25. Hummelstown Borough/Lower Dauphin School District (field house project) – $50,000

26. R.J. Veterans Center (elevator for veterans center) – $48,000

27. Halifax Borough (park and recreation improvements) – $34,484

28. CONTACT Helpline (emergency generator for Helpline operations) – $10,800

29. Shalom House (furnishings for women’s and children’s shelter) – $5,000

30. African American Chamber – JET (Junior Entrepreneur Training) Program – $15,750

31. Bethel AME (facility improvements related to County Neighborhood Reporting Center) – $16,200

32. CAT (Market Square improvements) – $60,000

33. Community Action Commission (Allison Hill parking lot project) – $55,000

34. YWCA (Kunkel Center renovations) – $100,000 (conditioned on matching funds)

35. American Red Cross (Disaster relief vehicle) – $30,000

36. Lower Paxton Township (lighting for public field/park) – $55,000

37. Salvation Army (Disaster relief vehicle) – $75,000

38. Jackson Township (Firehouse improvements) – $59,000

39. Whitaker Center (Facility improvements) – $100,000

40. Lower Paxton Township (park improvements and memorial project) – $180,000

41. Boys & Girls Club (lighting of public field) – $100,000

42. Lower Paxton Township (public pool improvements) – $50,000

43. State Street Improvement Association (Streetscape improvements) – $25,000

44. HACC (Campus security improvements) – $11,000

45. Dauphin County Industrial Development Authority to administer the following projects:

a. Stampede – $50,000

b. PHR Baseball – $8,000

c. Three Star Foundation – $15,000

d. Advanced Training – $25,000

e. ARC – $40,000

f. The Mt. Calvary Multi-Cultural Child Care Center – $7,500

46. Dauphin County Sheriff’s Office (vehicles) – $113,340

47. Dauphin County Parks & Recreation (capital improvements projects) – $185,000

48. Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging – $100,000

40. Dauphin County Emergency Management Agency – $3,000,000

50. City of Harrisburg – $12,000

51. The Midtown Square Action Council​ -​ $10,000

52. Dauphin County Facilities Maintenance – $125,000

53. Dauphin County Department of Purchasing (warehouse safety equipment) – $30,000

54. Great American Outdoor Show – $58,000

55. Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office (Criminal Justice Project) – $323,600

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