Applications for 2020 funding through the City’s Charitable Gaming Fund are now available from the Mayor’s Office at Hammond City Hall.
A fund is available to local not-for-profit organizations who can demonstrate that their project, activities and services provide direct benefit to the citizens of Hammond. The fund and application process is overseen by the Charitable Gaming Advisory Committee, which represents a cross section of Hammond residents and city council members. It is chaired by Phil Taillon, Mayor’s Chief of Staff.
According to Mayor McDermott: “The process continues to demonstrate that our approach provides an equitable method of funding for not-for-profit initiatives within the City, along with demonstrating a high level of accountability to Hammond taxpayers and residents. I believed early on in my administration that we needed to make this process as fair as possible.” Prior to Mayor McDermott’s establishment of the current process, there were no guidelines or restraints as to how gaming dollars were distributed to charities and not-for-profit organizations.
Applications must be received by February 21, 2020 for consideration. Applying organizations will be provided with detailed guidelines that accompany the application. The application process provides the advisory committee with information about the projects and services that local organizations wish to receive funding for. Applicants may be requested to appear before the committee to further present their proposal.